Fast-rising Yorkshire rockabilly and roots roustabouts THE BURNER BAND have a new video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘Blues Came In’ is the first single to be taken from the Leeds outfit’s debut album Signs And Wonders, which is due out in September.

Singer/guitarist Lewis Burner has been treading the boards for a while, with the likes of Bob Log III, The Legendary Shack Shakers and at the Strummercamp festival, releasing two solo albums before hooking up with singer and double-bassist Ian.

On Signs And Wonders they mix bluegrass and rock’n’roll with a punk attitude and lyrics that reflect on everything from mental health issues to the dedication shown by the people of Liverpool in eradicating the Sun newspaper from its environs.

“This is a song we wrote together about living dangerously and then getting walloped by the blues,” says Lewis about the video. “We filmed it in the Rodley Social Club because I really like pubs and this is one where I grew up in Leeds. Plus, they let us, so thanks! It would have been much funnier and better had we had more talent available. The telecaster you hear was £250,000 but came with a free house.”

Due out on 3 September through Shed Load Records, Signs And Wonders is available to pre-order and vinyl here and on CD and download here.

The Burner Band head out on a tour this Autumn with fellow Yorkshireman, renowned singer/guitarist/skater Serious Sam Barrett, kicking off with a joint album launch show at Leeds’ Brudenell Social club on 17 September – tickets. Before that they have a handful of dates on their own. Full dates are…

Sun 1 Aug – Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk
Sat 28 Aug – Caroline Club, Shipley (afternoon, Lewis solo)
Sun 29 Aug – Preston *
Fri 3 Sept – Calder Vale Hotel, Horbury*
Sun 5 Sept – Bradford Underground (Lewis solo)
Sat 11 Sept – Armley Festival
Fri 17 Sept – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (album launch gig)*
Sat 18 Sept – The Swan, Addingham*
Fri 24 Sept – Paradise Tap N Taco, Harrogate*
Sun 26 Sept – The Swinging Arm, Birkenhead*
Fri 1 Oct – Dorothy Pax, Sheffield*
Sat 2 Oct – What’s Cookin’, London*
Sun 3 Oct – Beak Brewery HQ, Lewes*
Fri 8 Oct – Village Hall, Terrington (LIAMS Club)*
Sat 9 Oct – Constitutional Club, Farsley*
Fri 15 Oct – Labour Rooms, Otley*

*with Serious Sam Barrett

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THE GUN CLUB’s ‘John Hardy’ has been immortalised in a new CGI video.

The song, which featured on the legendary band’s 1982 album Miami album, produced by Blondie’s Chris Stein, soundtracks the animated video created by Paris-based CG artists Laurent Mercier and Cédric Bernard of Callicore Productions and was co-produced by Jacqui Pierce, sister of Gun Club mainman Jeffrey Lee Pierce.

A traditional song, ‘John Hardy’ is based on the true story of a 19th Century railwaymen who killed someone in a drunken dispute during a craps game near Keystone, West Virginia and was later hanged for the murder.

Miami was one of two major label album releases for the band, released through Stein’s Animal imprint of Chrysalis Records and followed two years later by Las Vegas Story.

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Indiana blues duo THE COLD STARES have a new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Prosecution Blues’ is the third single to be lifted from their forthcoming fifth album Heavy Shoes, which follows on from 2019’s Ways.

Guitarist/singer Chris Tapp says, “‘Prosecution Blues’ was an opportunity to tip our hat to some of our heavy blues influences.” But he’s not just talking about music…

“I’m writing from the point of Edgar Allan Poe and William Faulkner. It needs to have weight to it,” he explains. “There’s not really anything that bothers me to talk about. When you don’t allow yourself to be human and say what’s happened to you, then you make other people that are going through tough shit think that they’re alone.”

Their first album for Mascot Records, Heavy Shoes was recorded at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Nashville – “We did our Ways album there, so it very much felt like a continuation of that. So, it was familiar and pretty much the same cast of characters,” says drummer Brian Mullins – and later mixed by Mark Needham (Taj Mahal, Chris Isaak) and mastered by NYC mastering legend Andy VanDette (The Almighty, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion).

Set for release on 13 August, Heavy Shoes is available to pre-order here.

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Canadian sleaze-monkeys DANGEREENS have signed to Golden Robot and release their first single for them later this month.

The Montreal quintet turned heads with the excellent self-titled 5-track EP back in 2018 and released their debut full-length Tough Luck, from which the new single ‘Streets Of Doom’ is taken, last year through Germany’s Alien Snatch label.

Fusing junkshop glam, Thunders punk and 50s rock’n’roll, they’ve toured all over their homeland, making it as far down as Boston and NYC. Who knows when they’ll make it to this side of the pond.

‘Streets Of Doom’ is available to stream/download here.

If you’re looking for something to watch, try ‘Blacklight City’ from their debut EP…

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Rising Portuguese songstress STARSHA LEE has a new video out which she’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Killing Heteronomy’ is taken from a new EP which is due for release later in the Summer and is described as “a post-Duchamp exercise of nihilism”.

Now based in London, the intriguingly enigmatic Starsha doesn’t give a great deal away about herself, but her new band features guitarist Crispin Gray from Queenadreena.

Look out for a feature on Queenadreena in the next issue of Vive Le Rock out 27 July.

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CAPTAIN FUTURE, alias Alex McGowan from The Future Shape Of Sound and producer of The Urban Voodoo Machine, has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Zombie Lover’ is the second single to be taken from the Captain’s debut album Ghostman. It follows on from the debut single ‘Holy Waters’ which came out in January.

The album is the result of the enforced downtime brought about the Covid pandemic which brought a halt to the day-to-day proceedings at McGowan’s Space Eko East studio, allowing the multi-instrumentalist to progress in peaceful isolation on Ghostman.

As ‘Zombie Lover’ indicates, the album steers away from the rambunctious gypsy sounds of the UVM and the testifying soul of the TFSOS in favour of the downtempo dubby blues and trip-hop beats McGowan has honed down the years through his collaborations with the likes of Jah Wobble, Tricky and Martina Topley-bird.

Ghostman is out this Friday 9 July on Gypsy Hotel Records. Captain Future plays an album launch show with The Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel at Elektrowerks, Islington, London on 15 July. Tickets are available here.

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Cali neo-Gothic post-punks ESSES have revealed a new video from their new album.

Simultaneously reminiscent of Bauhaus, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Toyah, ‘Pierce The Feeling’ is the latest track to be taken from Bloodletting For The Lonely, which follows on from the Oakland quintet’s 2016 debut No Light In This Fire and 2018’s mini-album Offering.

Esses will be launching the new album with a livestream party on 4 August. Full details here.

Out on 6 August through Bat-Cave and Atakra Records, Bloodletting For The Lonely is available on vinyl and digital here and on CD here.

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RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have unveiled another new single from their new album.

‘Sometimes We Can Hear The Voices’ is taken from the band’s second album Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache which is out now and follows on from the band’s debut album Like We’ll Never Make It, released in 2019.

“This song is written from the perspective of someone who is leaving a home or situation in which they had suffered abuse,” explains Rich. “I wanted the mood to be very cinematic from the get-go and really uplifting and euphoric in the chorus, giving it the feel of freedom from that place. To show that, yes, even though those voices can still haunt you, you are free now.

“The title came from conversations about my experiences with all this and how I kinda find myself fighting those memories and [guitarist] Gaff said, ‘Yeah man… sometimes we can hear the voices…’ That conversation… the friendship and understanding in it, made me grab the guitar as soon as I could and write the song.”

The video for the single, which catches the band in thoroughly relaxed mode on a London rooftop, was directed, edited and shot by Craig Temple of Racketeer Pictures.

Beyond Nostalgia & Heartache is out now through Story Highway Records and is available here.

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Brummie garage-psychers TABLE SCRAPS are back with a brand new video from their forthcoming new album.

The mindbendingly medievel ‘Threads’ is taken from the album Coffin Face, which follows on from the widely praised Autonomy, which came out in 2017.

Begun in 2018, the album comes at the end of a period that has seen the band play SXSW in Austin, Texas tour Europe alongside sludgerock heavyweights Monster Magnet and boost their celebrity fanbase to the tune of Idles and Amyl & The Sniffers.

Recorded entirely in the trio’s socially-distanced Digbeth bolthole, Coffin Face is set for release on 24 September but is available to pre-order here in a variety of bundles.

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Pub rock legend BRINSLEY SCHWARZ has unveiled a new video as a taster for his forthcoming new solo album.

‘You Drive Me To Drink’ is the second single from Tangled, following on from ‘Storm In The Hills’ at the start of the year. The new album comes five years after his unexpected debut solo album Unexpected.

Schwarz, along with Nick Lowe, was a founder member of the pub rock pioneers of the same name who, following a disastrous hype involving flying a ‘plane-load of journalists to New York to see them play a support slot at the Fillmore East, built a bridgehead on the London pub scene and beyond, arguably paving the way for punk.

When the band split, Schwarz briefly joined Ducks Deluxe before co-founding The Rumour to back newcomer Graham Parker. Continuing to work with Parker over the years, he’s produced and played with numerous other artists such as Desmond Dekker, Dr Feelgood, Rachel Sweet, Kirsty MacColl and Pointed Sticks.

‘You Drive Me To Drink’ is available to stream/download here.

Tangled is out on 3 September through Fretsore Records.

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80s soul-pop pioneers JoBOXERS have announced their first live shows in nearly 35 years!

The band, formed in 1982 by ex-members of Vic Godard’s SUBWAY SECT and went out as support to MADNESS, unleashing a string of hits including a brace of Top 10 singles in ‘Boxerbeat’ and ‘Just Got Lucky’, the latter selling a quarter of a million copies and cracking the US Top 40.

The band released a pair of albums – including the Top 20 ‘Like Gangbusters’ – before splitting in 1985.

The reunited JoBoxers head out on the following dates in November…


Tickets are on sale here.

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THE DESCENDENTS have unveiled another track from their forthcoming original line-up opus.

The 56-second ‘Like The Way I Know’ is taken from 9th & Walnut, which takes its name from the Long Beach band’s practice space.

The album comprises tracks from their earliest setlists circa 1077-80, rerecorded in 2002 by the original four-piece line-up of bassist Tony Lombardo, drummer Bill Stevenson, singer Aukerman and guitarist Frank Navetta who sadly passed away in 2008.

Set for release on 23 July through Epitaph, 9th & Walnut is available to pre-order here.

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KILLING JOKE co-founder and drummer BIG PAUL FERGUSON celebrates the release of his debut solo album with a video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘The Unraveling’ is track 3 from the album Virtual Control which is out today through Cleopatra Records. Co-written with guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Theatre Of Hate, Peter Murphy), the song “recreates our distinctly modern condition of being inundated with mindless commands and digital instructions ‘Swipe left swipe right / Scroll up scroll down / Click here click there / Watch the little wheel spin round / And round and round‘.”

“The seemingly endless months where most of our interactions were online, were filled by a bombardment of images and disparate messages where the truth of anything became a fiction in itself,” says Paul. “Living our lives online, we have become marionettes pulled every which way by the latest catchphrase or trend. I hope this song and video shed a little light on the larger forces at work.”

The video is the work of award-winning video director Vicente Cordero of Industrialism Films.

Mixed by Tom Galgety, whose clients include Rammstein and Pixies as Killing Joke’s Pylon album, Virtual Control features guest appearances from Die Krupps mastermind Jürgen Engler and former Marilyn Manson cohort Tim Skold.

Available on CD and limited edition red vinyl, Virtual Control is available to order here and digitally here.

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In case you haven’t heard, MOTÖRHEAD’s landmark live album No Sleep ’til Hammersmith is forty years old this year.

To celebrate BMG Records are releasing deluxe 40th Anniversary vinyl and CD editions this Friday.

And we’ve got one copy of the 4xCD deluxe boxset edition AND a limited edition t-shirt to give away!

To be in with a chance of winning, all you’ve got to do is send an email with ‘Motörhead Competition’ in the subject box to info@vivelerock.net with the answer to this simple question…

What is the name of Lemmy’s famous bass rig?

Good luck!

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A new petition has been launched to have Birmingham rock’n’roll legend STEVE GIBBONS recognised with a star on the city’s Walk of the Stars.

Gibbons turns 80 next month and what better way to celebrate this momentous occasion and commemorate his contribution to the Second City’s – and the UK’s cultural legacy, believes petition founder Jim the Hat, than to have him included on the star-studded Broad Street pavement that was begun by Ozzy Osbourne in 2007 and also includes the likes of Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Roy Wood and Jasper Carrott.

Born in the suburb of Harborne, Gibbons began his career in 1960 with The Dominettes before continuing throughout the British beat boom with the brilliantly-named bands The Uglys and Balls. He would later do a three-month stint in legendary Brum rock’n’roll breeding ground The Idle Race before they morphed into The Steve Gibbons Band in the mid70s. Building an explosive reputation on the pub circuit, the Band were invited to tour the UK, Europe and the US with The Who, leading to chart success with the No.12 hit ‘Tulane’ and the essential live album Caught In The Act.

More recently, Gibbons has continued touring, as a member of tribute band The Dylan Project and in his own right, as well as fundraising for various causes.

Sign the petition here.

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In the new edition of Vive Le Rock!, we celebrate the 40th Anniversary of THE SPECIALS’ classic single ‘Ghost Town’ with band founder Jerry Dammers. Here Vive‘s man in the 2-tone suit Guy Shankland takes us through his Top 10 Specials tracks. And once you get to the bottom, you can find out how to win some scintillating Specials vinyl…
  1. ‘Vote For Me’
    Stunning 2019 comeback single. Four-plus decades on and it seems we may still need The Specials to guide us. ‘Ghost Town’ revisited circa 2019/20.
  1. ‘The Boiler’
    Brutal and traumatising single about date rape featuring a Rhoda Dakar tour de force on lead vocals.
  1. ‘You’re Wondering Now’
    The emotive debut album closer can still bring a cannonball size lump to the throat.
  1. ‘Do The Dog’
    Who am I to say but the speedy delivery married with the fast tempo and devastating poetry made this the perfect reunion gig opener.
  1. ‘Blank Expression’
    Terry Hall’s laconic vocals fit the mood and style of the song so perfectly it’s hard to see the join. A classic.
  1. ‘Too Much Too Young’
    If school kids weren’t aware of the dangers of teenage pregnancy they were now. A Grange Hill generation got a hard-hitting rude boy meets rude girl sex education lesson.
  1. ‘Free Nelson Mandela’
    As relevant and as well known as Band-Aid. Another Jerry Dammers Specials (AKA) masterpiece.
  1. ‘Concrete Jungle’
    Chanting, violence and tribal alliances get ground into the inner city pavement. A song that’s been sung by both Radiation and Hall.
  1. ‘Gangsters’
    An entire movement gets drop-kicked into life by screeching tyres and Neville’s “Bernie Rhodes knows don’t argue!“ intro. Timeless 2-Tone.
  1. ‘Ghost Town’
    Haunting, morose and politically on point. The original Specials swan song is still possibly their greatest song and statement.

To be in with a chance of winning Specials singles on 7″ and 12″, just send an email to info@vivelerock.net with ‘Specials Competition’ in the subject and the answer to this question:

Where did the band perform for their episode of the classic TV series Rock Goes To College?

Read our exclusive ‘Ghost Town’ special in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! available here!

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South Coast powerpoppers THE STAYAWAKES have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

As clear a declaration of intent as any, ‘Power Pop Massacre’ is taken from the Southsea quartet’s second album Pop Dreamz, which is out now through Engineer Records.

Shot on Hayling Island beach by Ben Horlock, the video is a nod to The Beach Boys, with their candy-striped shirts and frat-house barnets, but the golden chords and fuzzy tones follow the signposts of the hairier 90s sounds of Silver Sun, The Lemonheads and Teenage Fanclub to power pop perfection.

‘Power Pop Massacre’ is available on all the usual streaming platforms from today.

Pop Dreamz is available physically from Engineer Records and Bandcamp and digitally here.

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Legendary New York rocker SONNY VINCENT has unveiled a new video from his brand new album.

‘The End Of Light’ is the first track to be aired from Snake Pit Therapy, the album sharing its name with Vincent’s recent warts’n’all autobiography.

The 15-track album features various luminaries from the NYC punk and rock scene, including members of Corpse Grinders, The Leathewoods and Dawnrider, as well as sometime Stooges bassist Jimmy Recca.

Vincent came to fame through his membership of notorious NYC band Testors, who were regulars on the same CBGB’s and Max’s Kansas City scene, alongside the likes of The Cramps, Suicide, The Dead Boys and Teenage Jesus And The Jerks. He also played for several years with ex-Velvets Moe Tucker and Sterling Morrison, also working with the likes of Scott Asheton, Cheetah Chrome and The Replacements’ Bob Stinson along the way.

More recently Vincent and Recca have both appeared as members of The Limit alongside Bobby Liebling of cult rockers Pentagram on the widely praised album Caveman Logic , which Vincent produced.

‘The End Of Light’ is available now on Spotify

Set for release on 17 September through Finland’s Svart Records, Snake Pit Therapy is available to pre-order here 

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