TAKING NO PRISONERS!

London garage punks SUICIDE GENERATION are back with a brand new single.

Crashing in on the back of a hideously lo-fi video, ‘Prisoner Of Love’ is the first fruit of recordings laid down last spring with former CANNIBAL Patrice Picard at the desk, and Detroit legend Jim Diamond working his mixing and mastering magic.

Emerging at the tail-end of 2016, Suicide Generation have worn out numerous line-ups around their songwriting nucleus of frontman Sebastian Melmoth and guitarist Vince Suicide, churning up the highways of Europe, taking time-out to drop a pair of incendiary long-players.

All that roadwork means that the new 7″ will be coming out on 10 October through FIVE different international labels…

Family Spree Recordings (Spain)
Surfin’ Ki Records (Italy)
Wanda Records (Germany)
Spaghetty Town Records (USA)
Dirty Water Records (UK – digital only)

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IS MICK THERE?

Aussie legend MICK MEDEW is back with a new album from his latest band THE MESMERISERS.

Medew built a cult following in the early 80s with Brisbane band THE SCREAMING TRIBESMEN, releasing the classic singles ‘Igloo’ and ‘A Stand Alone’. Relocating to Sydney and recruiting the former RADIO BIRDMAN guitarist Chris Masuak, the band would enjoy a lengthy and successful homeland career, their 1988 single ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ even making the Top 10 of Billboard’s Modern Rock Chart in the US.

Medew was awarded Queensland’s prestigious GW McLennan Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

In the Mesmerisers, Medew is joined by former Tribesmen Brian Mann on guitar and Michael Charles on drums, with Lois Andrews holding down bass duties.

The new album Open Season follows on from the band’s 2013 self-titled debut. Produced by Mann and mastered by another Aussie legend, Don Bartley, it’s available now through I-94 Bar Records.

Check out the video for the album’s title track…

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PSYCHOBABYLON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Leeds rockers PSYCHOBABYLON have a brand new video which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘No Means Of Escape’ is taken from the band’s 4-track EP, Is This All There Is?, which is available on CD from the band’s wesbstore and digitally from all the usual platforms.

Formed eleven years ago out of the ashes of the bands Phluid and Slash Vegas, with a line-up of Rusty D (vocals), Andrew Mewse (guitar), Robbie G (guitar), Andy Knott (drums) and JJ Watt on bass, who sharp-eyed viewers will also recognise as a member of The Main Grains.

In line with the song’s title, the band explain that the video’s concept… “is the continual reduction of space in which the band are playing in. Ever felt like you can see the way out but still can’t get there?”

As for the lyrics, Rusty D says, “I won’t describe what the words are about as hopefully it will connect with the listener. They could take something totally different from the song and who am I to say whether that is right or wrong. Shit hot though, innit?”

The band have a bunch of dates lined up, including three shows with Warrior Soul. Catch them live at…

21 Sept – Record Junkee, Sheffield
28 Sept – The Doll’s House, Abertillery (Dollfest 6)
30 Oct – Trillians, Newcastle (w/ Warrior Soul)
31 Oct – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh (w/ Warrior Soul)
7 Nov – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool (w/ Warrior Soul)
23 Nov – The Fox & Newt, Leeds

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COCKWOMBLE VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Brighton punks COCKWOMBLE have a new single out, which they’re premiering today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The dark, brooding post-punk of ‘Threads’ is a first taste of the band’s eponymous album which is available on CD here and from gigs, and digitally later in the year.

Formed last year and featuring Vicky from THE RAMONAS on bass, Ali on guitar/vocals and Leah on drums, have already released three EPs that have been receiving rave reviews, their explosive gigs making them ones to watch on the new UK punk scene.

“‘Threads’ is about how delicately everything we take for granted is held together,” they say. “Once you cut the threads society falls to pieces. The threads holding your mental health together are the same. You cut the threads, it all falls down. The end.”

You can catch Cockwomble live at the following dates…

25 Oct – The Richmond, Brighton (w/ Austerity + Gulls)
26 Oct – Centrala, Birmingham (w/ Long Tall Texans)
4 Dec – The Castle & Falcon, Birmingham (w/ UK Subs)

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CRASHED OUT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Long-serving Jarrow punks CRASHED OUT have a brand new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The work of film-maker Stuart Sterling, the video features the song ‘Still A Fighter’ from the band’s 2005 album Crash And Burn. Stuart takes up the story…

“I first saw Crashed Out years ago at Rebellion. I later Googled them and came across their YouTube channel where I saw the original ‘Still A Fighter’ video. I immediately fell in love with the song and think it is one of their best. I saw them a few more times at The Star & Garter and Rebellion. But it was not until I saw Crashed Out at North West Calling in Manchester in 2019 when I finally got the chance to approach them. I saw Chris [Wright, frontman] standing alone at the bar, so… I went up to him, introduced myself, told him what I do, how I would like to work with them and gave Chris my card. I was not sure whether I would hear from Chris again, but a few days later he got in contact. Chris said he had seen my work, and was really impressed with the official music video I had made for Discharge, ‘The Broken Law’, which for me was my best to date. Chris said he wanted to make a music video with me and not only that, he wanted to do ‘Still A Fighter’! Of all the songs he could have chosen, he chose my favourite!”

“Stuart sent me a story line and location ideas so I scouted out two local boxing gyms to shoot the boxing scenes and Newcastle Uni for the band scenes,” explains Chris. “Everything was done in one long exhausting day! Anyway here’s the final result of the video we are very happy with what Stu has done I am sure a lot of people will also enjoy the video and song.”

Crashed Out are currently working on their next album for 2020 release and have the following dates to take them up to the end of this year…

5 Oct – Hard Rock Hell Punk, Sheffield
1 Nov – The Tap Room, Newcastle
16 Nov – Bannermans, Edinburgh
28 Dec – Trillians, Newcastle

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WONK UNIT UNVEIL NEW SINGLE!

Croydon DIY punks WONK UNIT have just dropped a video for their new single.

‘Cyclists’ was inspired when the band were delayed by a pair of pedallers en route to a festival. Frontman Alex takes up the story…

“Did they care about the motorcade snaking behind them? Cause not! [sic] Go read the highway code – two abreast is cool but ONLY IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS. DO NOT OBSTRUCT THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC. It’s the rules. So, I was tapping my hands on the dashboard when the funk took hold. “Cyclists riding 2 abreast blocking traffic, blocking traffic”. Then I did some rapping (but thankfully that never made it onto the single.) After about three months the cyclists decided to fix a puncture and we made it to the festival. By then the song was already a Wonk winner in the van! We jammed it in soundcheck and was a hit in our set later that night. The end.”

‘Cyclists’ is available to download here.

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FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND EXCLUSIVE!

Fab London rock’n’rollers THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND are back with a new single and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The rousing Gospel-driven rock’n’soul floorshaker ‘Joy’ first appeared on the band’s Shakedown Gospel album, released last year through Gypsy Hotel Records to a glowing 9-out-of-10 review in the pages of Vive Le Rock!

Recorded at the band’s Space Eko Studios in East London, the single features contributions from the Urban Voodoo Machine’s Paul-Ronney Angel, and the Blues Kitchen Gospel Choir. Highlight of the track, though, is the sumptuous lead vocal of Suri Sumatra.

The band will be launching ‘Joy’ with a very special party at The Underdog Gallery, London Bridge on Saturday 14 September, with sets from FSOS, Paul-Ronney Angel and DJs Barry ‘Scratchy’ Myers and 7 Inch Max.

The band will also be appearing at Gypsy Hotel’s 13th Birthday Party, at Nambucca, London on Friday 11 October.

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CRAVATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Rejuvenated punk veterans THE CRAVATS are back with a new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A typically sinister slice of sax-driven post-punk, ‘Shy’ is the first taste of the band’s new album due out in February next year, the follow-up to their hugely acclaimed comeback album Dustbin Of Sound, released in 2017.

The video was shot on location at Bom-Bane’s Cafe, Brighton by renowned film and music video maker Mark Richards.

‘Shy’ is available now from Overground Records.

The Cravats have a bunch of shows lined up at…

Fri 21 Sept – Rockaway Park, Temple Cloud, Somerset (w/ The Slacksons)
Sat 22 Sept – Le Pub, Newport, Wales (w/ The Charlemagnes)
Fri 29 Nov – The Hairy Dog, Derby (w/ Turning Black Like Lizards)
Sat 7 Dec – Green Door Store, Brighton (w/ Interrobang)

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FAST EDDY VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Ace Denver CO rockers FAST EDDY have just unleashed their new single and they’re premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Coming together in 2014 as a side project for various Denver rock knobs, Fast Eddy take their name not from the Motörhead legend, but from a celebrated local drug dealer.

Now galvanised into a fulltime rock’n’roll machine, guitarist/singer Micah Morris, bassist Devon Francy, drummer Arj Narayan on drums and guitarits Lisandro Gutierrez, have stepped up their game and deliver ‘Lost’, recorded with Tuk Smith of longtime Vive faves BITERS in the producer’s chair.

‘Lost’ is available on the EP Toofer One, out now through Spaghetty Town Records.

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RESISTANCE 77 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Veteran punks RESISTANCE 77 celebrates more than four decades of punk history with their new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Punk’s Not Dead But I’m Not Far Off’ is a rabble-rousing anthem for those that have stayed the course, celebrating the Facebook group of the same name and referencing numerous punk classics, and the video, by Stuart Sterling, features cameos from various friends and acquaintances from the band’s illustrious forty-year career.

“We have built up a good friendship and working relationship with Stuart Sterling who is working on a video documentary about R77 to celebrate our 40th year as a band next year,” they say. “So it was a natural choice to involve him with shooting a video to the song. The icing on the cake came when the friends that we have in other bands agreed to guest on the video and we are honoured to have them support us in our venture.”

The band have had a busy couple of years, with appearances at the Punk Rock Bowling and Crash festivals in the US and their NINETEENTH!!! consecutive appearance at Rebellion this summer. With gigs in Scotland and Belgium planned for the rest of the year, they’re also looking to complete a new album for 2020.

‘Punk’s Not Dead…’ is available now from iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

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DOIN’ IT FOR THE KIDS!

HANDS OFF GRETEL frontwoman LAUREN TATE has just released a new video from her latest solo album.

‘What About The Kids’ is taken from Songs For Sad Girls, which will be released through her own Trash Queen label on Friday 20 September, and the video was directed by Lauren herself.

A high-school dropout from South Yorkshire, Tate has been making an releasing her own music since the age of 15. Recording and self-producing eleven of the fourteen tracks in her own studio, Songs For Sad Girls is Lauren’s first new solo album in five years.

“I planned to get my album produced by someone when I could afford it, but there was a certain magic and honesty captured in my recordings that I knew would really move people,” Lauren explains. “My lyrics are honest and brutal with songs about domestic abuse, body image, feminism and fear of dying. I wanted it to sound like a girl writing in her diary, unapologetic and imperfect like real girls are.”

Speaking about the single, she says, “The song is from a child’s point of view speaking to her father addressing gun violence in America. I wanted the song to highlight issues around gun control and the importance of children’s future in a world where nobody is listening to them. I wrote this song to sing for those that won’t ever get the chance to do so.”

Songs For Sad Girls is available to order here.

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BEAUTY IN CHAOS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

L.A. collective BEAUTY IN CHAOS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Their version of the T REX classic ’20th Century Boy’, which is taken from thee coolective’s new album Beauty Re-Envisioned features Marc Bolan’s son Rolan on vocals and THE MISSION’s Wayne Hussey on guitar, while the video is the work of Industrialism Films and Vicente Cordero, one of the directors behind Room 37: The Mysterious Death Of Johnny Thunders.

The new recording is markedly different to BIC’s previous version on their debut album, Finding Beauty In Chaos, which featured MINISTRY’s Al Jourgensen on vocals.

“Once Rolan agreed to be part of this, I wanted to recut the track with much more of the sultry swagger from the original,” says BIC mastermind Michael Ciravolo. “We added a growly sax and some cool Mott The Hoople meets New Orleans honky-tonk piano to enhance the vibe we wanted. I probably would not be playing electric guitar if it was not for Marc Bolan. This is my big thank you… and I have been blessed to be able to enlist some great company to help me say it. Getting to record and perform this song with Marc’s son and Wayne Hussey is one of those oft-mentioned surreal moments in BIC.”

“When Michael came to me about Beauty In Chaos and doing ‘20th Century Boy’ , I first thought ‘here we go again, another T. Rex cover’,” explains Bolan. “But once I heard the track and talked with him about the love and respect he has for my father’s music it just made sense. It was great timing for me as I was just beginning to get back into making music and we just clicked in the studio. My Dad was so influential to so many, and at times it’s been hard for me to understand what that really means. I’m really proud of what we’ve done here and I believe he would be too.”

“It is, of course, a huge pleasure to be playing guitar and singing on ‘20th Century Boy’, one of Marc Bolan’s best-known songs,” adds Hussey. “And a transcendent honour to be doing so behind Rolan Bolan, Marc’s son. When Michael Ciravolo told me that Rolan was going to be involved I virtually begged Michael to let me be involved in this project. Bless him, despite being more than capable of handling all the guitar parts himself Michael did deign to let me have a strum, and a yodel, along. There’s another one off my bucket list! Cheers, Michael. And Rolan.”

Beauty Re-Envisioned is available to pre-order here.

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NO REST FOR THE CROOKED!

Dapper Devon punks CROOKED LITTLE SONS have a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Hailing from Exeter, the band have been around since 2013, making their recording debut with a 5-track EP through Easy Action Records. Along the way, they’ve torn a strip off numerous UK festivals, from Manchester Punk Festival and Burn It Down to 3 Chords and Amplified.

Now with the explosive yob-rock Motörhead-gone-Oi thrills of ‘Snake’ in their arsenal, they’re fully tooled-up for dates taking them up to the end of the year, including a bunch of EU dates. Check ’em out at….

30 Aug – The Junction, Plymouth
31 Aug – Burn It Down Festival, Torquay
20 Sept – The Fighting Cocks, Kingston (w/ Hip Priests)
21 Sept – Rumspringa 2.0, Erpe, Belgium
23 Sept – Music City, Antwerp, Belgium
28 Sept – Kraken Bar, Cherbourg, France
31 Oct – The Cavern Club, Exeter
13 Dec – TBA, Manchester

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THE DOG’S BOLLOCKS!

Ace French punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have just unveiled a brand new video.

The song ‘Plus Je Connais Les Hommes Et Plus Jaime Les Chiens’, which translates as ‘The More I Know Men, The More I Love Dogs’, is taken from their most recent album La Nausée, released at the end of 2017. It’s available to buy here.

Formed in 2003 out of the ashes of Parisian ska-punks Le Betteraves, the band, whose name translates as Dustbin Guerilla, have undergone several line-up changes but remain fronted by guitarist and singer Till Lemoine.

Touring widely across Europe, North America and Japan, they recently racked up their 1000th gig. They last visited the UK this Spring alongside US band Arms Aloft.

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THE DOCTORS ARE IN!

DOCTORS OF MADNESS have announced the release of their first new album in 41 years.

Originally existing from 1974 to 1978, the Brixton art-rock band, fronted by the charismatic Richard ‘Kid’ Strange, released three albums for Polydor and are widely accepted to have formed a direct link between the progressive glam of Bowie and Roxy Music and punk. They even briefly included Dave Vanian in their line-up during The Damned’s first hiatus.

Reforming in 2014, the band went on to tour the UK and Japan in support of Cherry Red’s ‘complete works’ box set Perfect Past in 2017.

The new album Dark Times was recorded at Doghouse Studios, Oxfordshire with legendary producer John Leckie, who last worked with the band on 1976’s Figments Of Emancipation, and features contributions from Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott, Terry Edwards (Gallon Drunk, The NJE), Sarah Jane Morris (The Communards), Steve Bolton (Paul Young, Atomic Rooster), Paul Guerin (The Quireboys) and Dylan Bates (Flea-Pit Orchestra). The sleeve art, meanwhile, is the work of Psychedelic Furs’ guitarist Rich Good.

Speaking about the project, Strange states, “This is a wholly self-financed project, and no external record company was involved with the production or creation… hence its uncompromising nature. Damned right it’s political!”

Set for release on 13 September, Dark Times is available to pre-order here.

Check out the video for the first single ‘Make It Stop’…

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DENTAL AS ANYTHING!

Fast-rising grime punks RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have dropped another video from their new album.

The uncompromising, abrasive ‘Cut Your Teeth’ is the third single to be lifted from the Kent band’s acclaimed third album Body Bag Your Scene, their first for Bomber Music.

“‘Cut Your Teeth’ is about our personal experiences with people whether they’re good or bad interactions,” says frontman Scott Picking. “It’s about people who work hard to keep doing what they love in the face of adversity.”

You’ve got plenty of chances to catch the band, who’ve just delivered showstopping performances at Rebellion and Boomtown festivals. Next stop, Ramsgate Music Hall this Sunday 25 August. Full dates are…

25 Aug – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
31 Aug – The Palladium Club, Bideford
7 Sept – Illusive Fest, Northampton
20 Sept – Ramsgate Music Hall, Kent
27 Sept – The London Stone, Staines
5 Oct – Rich Mix, London (w/ Ghouls)
12 Oct – Turbulence Festival, Plymouth
18 Oct – Exchange, Bristol (w/ King Prawn)
19 Oct – Underworld, London (w/ King Prawn)
2 Nov – Electric Ballroom, London (w/ Booze & Glory)

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THE JAMES GANG HITS TOWN!

THE DAMNED and LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH guitar legend BRIAN JAMES lands in London this week for a super-rare show.

A dymamic presence on London stages since the early 70s, James helped turn the global music scene upside down when he penned ‘New Rose’ for The Damned, the UK’s first ever punk single!

He went on to achieve Stateside success alongside former DEAD BOYS frontman Stiv Bators in The Lords Of The New Church. Between times he put together Tanz Der Youth, Hellions and Brian James’ Brains, a breeding ground for the future foot soldiers of punk rock.

Along the way he’s shared stages with the great and the good of punk history, as sideman for IGGY POP and one quarter of Transatalantic supergroup MAD FOR THE RACKET with Wayne Kramer, Clem Burke and Duff McKagan.

Brian’s recent solo album The Guitar That Dripped Blood was a stunning return to form that saw the great man back in the public eye once again. He doesn’t play that often – this is his first London show in more than a year – so his show at the legendary 100 Club on Friday 23 August is definitely not to be missed!

Support comes from the UK’s No.1 glam punk seditionists THE DeRELLAS and happening hotwired rock’n’rollers ELECTRICS, with legendary DJ Cruel Valentino spinning the punk-rock platters between the bands!

Last few tickets available here.

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HITTING ON ALL EIGHT!

EIGHT ROUNDS RAPID have announced a handful of dates hot on the heels of their recent live album.

The Essex post-punk blues decontructionists recorded the live show in Stuttgart in October 2017 for the Kosmic Orgon Kannister radio show. The limited edition 12″ vinyl plus free 7″ release features fourteen band originals plus their abrasive covers of Mick Farren’s ‘Drink’ and ‘Mr Pharmacist’ by US garage legends The Other Half, made famous by The Fall.

The album comes complete with a free poster, photographs and setlist from the night of the gig, and is available now via Bandcamp.

The band, who feature Wilko Johnson’s son Simon on guitar, recently dropped an explosive two-part video of a live show at London’s Shacklewell Arms. With a claustrophobic Technicolor vibe that channels the mid-60s heyday of the British Blues Boom, you can check the first part here…

Aside from the forthcoming live dates, Eight Rounds Rapid have been preparing the follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed second album Objet D’Art, which scored a 9-out-of-10 review in Vive Le Rock from The Members’ Nicky Tesco. The as-yet-untitled new album is due next Spring.

“There were always supporters who followed us around,” says frontman David Alexander. “In a small venue there will be someone who travelled a long way to see us. We own our songs, we own our outsider sound. Because we don’t fit, and because we do everything ourselves you become resilient. Our next album will be as original as the first two and some people will like it. Others won’t get it at all, but we are in this for the long haul and we might just leave something good behind.”

The band’s latest round of dates kicks off in Deptford this weekend and takes in shows in Guildford, Liverpool and Amsterdam. Full dates are…

Sat 24 Aug – Birds Nest, Deptford, London
Sat 21 Sept – Holroyd Arms, Guildford
Sat 5 Oct – Outpost, Liverpool
Fri 11 Oct – Maloe Melo, Amsterdam

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