Unlikely as it may seem, SIMPLE MINDS and THE STRANGLERS have collaborated on a version of the latter’s classic ‘(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)’ ahead of their joint tour next month.

It was recorded at Battersea Park Studios in July and features Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mel Gaynor from Simple Minds and Dave Greenfield, Jean-Jacques Burnel and Baz Warne from The Stranglers.


The single is available to download from today, and is available as a limited edition white vinyl 7″ from 6 November. Pre-order here.

As previously announced, both bands play the following dates….


Thu 26th                  O2 Arena, London

Fri   27th                  Leeds First Direct Arena

Sat 28th                   Glasgow The SSE Hydro



Tue 1st                     Aberdeen AECC


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Rejuvenated protopunks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS give their new album a boost with this new video for their version of THE SONICS’ ‘Strychnine’.

As previously announced, the Cleveland band return with Black Record on Fire next month, but you can pre-order it here. They then play two UK shows as part of a European Tour in December. Catch them on the following dates….

11 Dec: State-X New Forms, Paard Van Troje, Den Haag, Netherlands

12 Dec: The Brewhouse @ London Fields Brewery, London, UK 

13 Dec: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, UK 

15 Dec: 4AD, Diskmuide, Belgium 

16 Dec: Festival Les Aventuriers, Espace Gérard Philipe, Fontenay Sous Bois, France 


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PENETRATION are premiering this brand new video for the track ‘Beat Goes On’ exclusively with Vive Le Rock today!

It’s taken from the original ’77 punks’ new album Resolution, their first new album since 1979, which is out on 9 October. You can pre-order it here.

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Penetration are playing the following dates in support of the release….

16.10.15         WHITLEY BAY  Playhouse
23.10.15         DERBY  Hairy Dog
24.10.15         LONDON  Garage
Get tour tickets here.


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New Jersey band SMALLTALK have a new EP out and we at Vive Le Rock are pleased and proud to premiere the video for the lead track ‘June / July’ here.

The five-piece were put together by Pete Steinkopf from THE BOUNCING SOULS and Zak Kaplan from THE RATCHETS and cite influence from the likes of THE CURE, THE WEDDING PRESENT and THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS.

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The 3-track EP4 is available on 12” vinyl with a screenprinted sleeve and is available here.


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Danish garage guitar duo POWERSOLO have unleashed a new video single ahead of their London show next week.

‘Frantic’ is taken from their new album The Real Sound Of Powersolo, which you can order here.

Hailing from the city of Aarhus in eastern Jutland, the bequiffed Railthin brothers, Kim Kix and Atomic Child, have generated five albums, a sountrack, several singles and compilation appearances and a split 10” with HEAVY TRASH. Says HT’s JON SPENCER: “This is Donkey Punk at its most raw and intense!”


Powersolo headline the Dirty Water Club at The Shacklewell Arms, Dalston on Friday 2 October. You can get tickets here.

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Legendary US proto-punks ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS return with a new album and UK dates later this year. These are preceded by a brand new video for the song ‘Coopy (Schrodinger’s Refrigerator)’ that you can see here.

Originally formed in 1974 and lasting for little more than a year, the seminal Cleveland, Ohio outfit spawned both THE DEAD BOYS and PERE UBU, allowing songs like ‘Sonic Reducer’, ‘Ain’t It Fun’ (The Dead Boys), ’30 Seconds Over Tokyo’ and ‘Final Solution’ (Pere Ubu) to become US punk classics.


First reconvening in 2003, the current line-up features Crocus Behemoth (aka David Thomas) and Darwin Layne (aka Craig Bell) from the original band, plus longstanding drummer Steve Mehlman and guitarists Buddy Akita and Gary Siperko.

Black Record, released on 13 November through Fire Records, features a new version of ‘Sonic Reducer’ along with a cover of garage godfathers THE SONICS’ ‘Strychnine’. Pre-order the album here.

Rocket From The Tombs play the following dates in December….

12 December               London Fields Brewery, London

13 December               Brudenell Social, Leeds

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Pittsburgh punks ANTI-FLAG have unveiled a brand new video for the track ‘All Of The Poison, All Of The Pain’, taken from their current album American Spring which was released this Summer.

Shot by Russian director Maxim Frolov, it was filmed on tour in Belgium, Austria and Hungary.


Anti-Flag are currently touring Australia with PENNYWISE, but as previously announced, they’ll be back in the UK in October for a run of dates, with support from RED CITY RADIO, TROPHY EYES and THE HOMELESS GOSPEL CHOIR. Dates are as follows….

18 Oct – London, Alexandra Palace (Vans Warped Tour)
20 Oct – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
21 Oct – Birmingham, Institute
22 Oct – Sheffield, Corporation
23 Oct – Newcastle, Riverside
24 Oct – Glasgow, Classic Grand
25 Oct – Manchester, Sound Control

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Long-serving LA rockers JUNKYARD have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Faded’.

The band have issued a limited edition vinyl 7″ of the track backed with ‘The River’, which they’re selling signed copies of TODAY (11 Sept) ONLY from their website. The single is also available on CD and digitally from iTunes and Amazon.

The band, who originally formed in 1986 and feature MINOR THREAT, BAD RELIGION and DAG NASTY guitarist Brian Baker in their line-up, will play a benefit for cancer-troubled SUPERSUCKERS frontman Eddie Spaghetti at The Viper Room in Hollywood on 3 October, before heading off on a tour of Spain.


The band promise a brand new album next year.

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Shiver our timbers! Vive Le Rock is proud to bring you this video exclusive from swashbuckling London folk-punks FOLK GRINDER.

‘Captain Johnny Clash’ is taken from their long-awaited second album The Devil’s Mariner, which was produced by none other than THEATRE OF HATE and SPEAR OF DESTINY legend, Kirk Brandon. You can buy the album here.

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Originally founded in 2010, Folk Grinder is brainchild of singer/guitarist Koozie Johns, plus a revolving cast of musicians. Having worked over the years with numerous punk and rock luminaries including various members of THE CLASH, SEX PISTOLS, TENPOLE TUDOR and DOGS D’AMOUR, for The Devil’s Mariner, Johns has been aided and abetted by the likes of Will Crewdson (FLESH FOR LULU, ADAM ANT, RACHEL STAMP), Chris Musto (JOHNNY THUNDERS, BERMONDSEY JOYRIDERS), Kurt Barnes (KING KURT) and backing singers THE REBELLES (Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White).

Their next London show is at The Islington on Tuesday 10 November. Tickets available here.

You can read an interview with Folk Grinder in the new edition of Vive Le Rock which is on sale now!

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OK, here’s the second of today’s GODFATHERS video exclusives!

‘Rewind Time’ is the other side of their brand new double A-side single which is available now through iTunes and Amazon. It’s also available as a strictly limited 7” direct from the band’s website.

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The Godfathers are just about to embark on a short series of European dates….

8/9   Den Trap – Kortrijk  Tickets

9/9    Goldmark’s – Stuttgart  Tickets

10/9   Luxor Live – Arnhem  Tickets

11/9    Gebouw-T – Bergen Op Zoom  Tickets

12/9   Patronaat – Haarlem Tickets

13/09 Tube – Dusseldorf  Tickets

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Vive Le Rock is pleased and proud to bring you a double-dose of GODFATHERS video action today!

‘Till My Heart Stops Beating’ is one side of their brand new double A-side single which is available now through iTunes and Amazon. It’s also available as a strictly limited 7” direct from the band’s website.

Check back later when we’ll give you the other side!

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The South London gangster garage-rockers, who’ve just celebrated their 30th Anniversary, recently retooled with guitarists Mauro Venegas and Steve Crittall, and drummer Tim James, joining battle-hardy brothers Peter and Chris Coyne.

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Legendary London rockers TEN BENSON are set to make good on their long-awaited return with the release of a new single in September!

The track is accompanied by this video by film director Mark Locke (UNKLE, PIXIES, DINOSAUR JR etc).

‘Mud Man’, self-produced and mixed by Anthony Chapman (ARNDALES, COLLAPSED LUNG), is available to download through Ditto Music from 11 September.

Ten Benson recently played their first London show for five years at The Lexington and made an appearance at the Supernormal Festival in August.

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Critically acclaimed and ever changing, Ten Benson first came on the scene at the end of the last century with the release of their debut single ‘The Claw’ in 1997. Since then they’ve released five albums and toured extensively, but over the last few years have been on a very long sabbatical undertaking different projects.

More details of their recording plans and live dates are set to be announced very soon. 

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Vive Le Rock helps East London outfit THE FUTURE SHAPE OF SOUND launch a brand new video today, with a host of celebrities on hand to help it go with a swing!

Led by producer Alex ‘Captain Future’ McGowan, TFSOS recorded ‘Rise Up (Feat. Sister Cookie)’ at his Space Eko Studio, where he’s collaborated with such weighty names as URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, JAH WOBBLE, JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, BIG JOE LOUIS, MARK LANEGAN and JOSH HOMME. He’s joined in TFOS by Stuart ‘Lodekka’ Dace, the man who put the sax into PRIMAL SCREAM’s Screamedelica.

Influenced by the likes of SISTER ROSETTA THARPE, CLARA WARD SINGERS, SLIM HARPO and HASIL ADKINS, TFSOS release ‘Rise Up’ through Brighton’s Freshly Squeezed Music.

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You can download the single now from iTunes, Spotify and Bandcamp.

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Fast-rising filthy blues practitioner JOHN J PRESLEY releases a new EP next month, and has unveiled a video for the lead track, directed by celebrated rock photographer Steve Gullick.

The White Ink EP – featuring the track ‘Come Calling’ – is out on 21 August through Vital Music.

Previously seen turning heads as special guest on the JIM JONES REVUE’s farewell tour last Autumn, Presley laid down the five songs on White Ink in a single eight-hour burnout overseen by producer Liam Watson at East London’s famed Toe Rag Studios.

Pre-order White Ink from iTunes.

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IMPERIAL STATE ELECTRIC return with a brand new album next month, heralded by a new video.

The band, fronted by HELLACOPTERS guitarist Nicke Andersson alongside DATSUNS bassist Dolph de Borst, plus guitarist Tobias Egge and drummer Tomas Eriksson, release Honk Machine through Psychout on 21 August. The video for the Byrdsy ‘All Over My Head’ provides an intriguing first glimpse.

The band visit the UK in November for three shows with GRAVEYARD….

3 November – Birmingham – 02 Academy 2
4 November – London – Electric Ballroom
5 November – Manchester – Academy 3

Initially a post-Hellacopters solo project for Andersson, Imperial State Electric evolved into a band for 2010’s self-titled debut, followed by Pop War (2012) and Reptile Brain Music (2013).


Look out for a new interview with Imperial State Electric in a future edition of Vive Le Rock!

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