U.S. based Celtic folk-punks FLOGGING MOLLY return this week with a lyric video for their first new single in six years.
Fronted by Irish émigré Dave King, former singer for Fast Eddie Clarke’s 80s band FASTWAY, the Los Angeles-based band have been stalwarts on the U.S. Celtic scene for nearly two decades.
Now signed to legendary roots label Vanguard, Flogging Molly now present ‘The Hand Of John L Sullivan’ a first track taken from their forthcoming new album. A paean to the late-19th Centrury Irish-American boxer, aka the Boston Strong Boy, the first ever heavyweight champ in gloved boxing, the song is available to download now from iTunes.
Hertfordshire Goth legends FIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM return today with their first new music in eleven years!
The new single ‘Prophecy’ breaks the drought in new recorded material following 2005’s Mourning Sun album, although Carl McCoy and co had debuted the track live in 2014. It’s available to download now from iTunes.
Hinting at a full album to follow, a statement on the band’s Facebook page offers, “As its title implies, ‘Prophecy’ is a taste of what’s to come, an early indication of the labours undertaken in the creation of a new Nephilim universe.”
A physical release on vinyl and CD with full artwork is promised “in due course”.
Cumbrian punks COLT 45 have unveiled a video for a track from their brand new EP before heading off on a European headline tour.
‘All Hell Broke Loose’ is one of six tracks on the new Snakes & Ladders EP which is out on 29 April through Visible Noise Records. Pre-order the EP now through iTunes and you get this track as an instant download.
The trio head off for a sprint round Germany and the Czech Republic at the end of the month before returning for a hometown launch party at The Brickyard in Carlisle on the day of the EP’s release. Full dates are….
31.03.16 – Bielfeld – Desperado – DE
01.04.16 – Hamburg – Freundlich & Kompetent – DE
02.04.16 – Leipzig – Stoned – DE
04.04.16 – Halle – Brohmers – DE
05.04.16 – Fodebrady – Boss Bar – CZ
06.04.16 – Dresden – Zukunet – DE
07.04.16 – Berlin – Wild At Heart – DE
08.04.16 – Karlsruhe – Scruffys – DE (acoustic)
09.04.16 – Weinheim – Cafe Central – DE
29.04.16 – Carlisle – The Brickyard – UK
Speaking of the video, the band say, “We worked on the video with our good friend Vincent Walden who did the artwork for our new EP, Snakes & Ladders. He’d never worked with video before and wanted a new challenge so we thought why not let him have a go?! We just wanted a fairly straightforward performance video, shot from different angles and quite dark & gritty to match the song. The emphasis is on the track and we like how it fits with the whole DIY aesthetic of COLT 45 and our new record.”
Redditch iconoclasts THE CRAVATS are back with their first new single in 31 years. And they’re launching their brand new single exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally extant from 1977 until the mid-80s, with releases on Small Wonder and Crass Records, The Cravats were stylistically at odds with with the UK punk scene, but were much loved nonetheless. Founder members The Shend and Svor Naan resurrected a live version of the band including drummer and fellow Redditcharian Rampton Garstang in 2009, but it wasn’t until the recent addition of guitarist Viscount Biscuits and bassist Joe 91 that they felt they had the right ingredients for new material.
The sharply observational ‘Jingo Bells’ plus ‘Batter House’ are available on limtied edition 7″ through Overground Records. A further 7″ and new album are promised before the end of the year.
The video was shot on a bus tour around Westminster by acclaimed director Mark Richards. Watch out for a cameo from CRASS founder Penny Rimbaud!
The Cravats play the Green Door Store, Brighton on 26 March with HAGAR THE WOMB, CULTURE SHOCK, BUS STATION LOONIES and more.
The folky and nocturnal ‘Work The Night Shift’ is taken from their brand new fifth studio album One Law, which you can buy here.
The band have a string of dates to take them through the Spring, including a spot as special guests at CHELSEA’s 40th Anniversary show at The Garage, the Blank Generation festival in Tottenham and ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER’s Glastonwick festival in West Sussex.
11 Mar Corner Flag, Sunderland
17 Mar Half Moon, Putney, London (w/ Department S)
25 Mar T.Chances, Tottenham, London
1 Apr Mr Kyps, Poole
8 Apr Three Bridges Foortball Club, Crawley
16 Apr Punk & Disorderly, Berlin
23 Apr The Garage, London (Chelsea 40th Anniversary show)
1 May Mode, Notting Hill, London (Portobello Live)
5 May The Musician, Leicester (w/ Department S)
6 May Something Else Festival Duns Tew, Oxfordshire
28 May Spring Arts Centre, Havant
29 May Blank Generation Festival, Tottenham, London
4 June Glastonwick, Shoreham-by-Sea
New London garage-rock duo THE ELECTRIC PENCILS have unveiled a new video, launching their debut album, released this week!
‘Extra Curricular’ is taken from the self-titled album, which is available to download from their Bandcamp page. A vinyl release will follow. The video was directed by John Milmo.
Formed in late 2014 by vocalist/guitarist Ben Edge and drummer/bassist Steve Coley from THEE SPIVS, the duo recorded the album over a four-day period on a Zoom 16-track. Speaking exclusively to Vive Le Rock, Edge says, “We wanted to make an album that captured our live energy. I wrote all the songs over about a year period. Except for the song ‘What Do You Know About Me’ that was written by me, Steve and a friend of ours called Jan Blumentrath over a year ago.
“The video was shot on the rooftop of my brothers studio. Its on an old street round the back of Spitalfields market that will soon be lost to new developments. It really is a one of a kind and like stepping in to another era and the whole street has an eerie abandoned feel to it. Like something out of a Zombie film. My brother happened to be living in a tent for a while on the roof and it was seeing that, that inspired the idea for the video. The idea was that a meteorite was heading for the earth and society had collapsed. There was a few ideas going on where we are commenting on human nature as well as the nature of people in bands and the egos that they hold. In the end of the video it is our egos that cost us our lives. The inspiration was from a wide array of films such John Carpenter’s They Live as well as some westerns, zombie films and gang films like The Warriors. There is even a reference to a scene from Predator. The famous ‘Dillon you son of a bitch’ handshake scene hahaha!”
Having played only a handful of select dates so far, The Electric Pencils are currently in the process of lining up more for the months ahead, the first of which is at The Hope & Anchor, London on Saturday 7 May. Support comes from NERVOUS TWITCH. £6 on the door.
Rock ‘n’ roll harmony trio THE REBELLES have made a new video for their upcoming debut single and are launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Comprising Tracie Hunter, Elizabeth Westwood and Phoebe White, The Rebelles deliver unique, heartfelt takes on classic tracks from the punk and glam eras, often with a little help from the folks who made the songs famous.
Their timely take on the BOWIE-penned / MOTT-recorded glam hymn ‘All The Young Dudes’ hears them joined on backing vocals and acoustic guitar by Ian Hunter, who revisits the track he and Mott took to number 3 in 1972. Bass is provided by the SEX PISTOLS’ Glen Matlock, while James Stevenson (THE CULT, GENERATION X), and Neil Gabbitas lend their guitar skills.
The accompanying video was filmed by Billy Boyd Cape during the star-studded recording sessions for the single, and captures the intuitive vocal interplay, intense chemistry, and infectious sense of fun, which lend the Rebelles’ special guest-filled live shows the feel of an intimate jam session crossed with an all-star stage invasion.
‘All The Young Dudes’ is released on 18 March via Turtle Recordings, and is the first single to be taken from a forthcoming album that’s set to feature cameos by Mick Jones, Clem Burke, Chris Spedding, Slim Jim Phantom and Kenney Jones (readers may like to hazard a guess at the tracklisting based on those names). Tracie says, “expect to hear ten songs on this album that you already love, that will make you smile when you realise what it is, expect to hear a punk attitude draped in silk with a few sharp edges. Expect to escape for a while with us”.
Check out the brand new video for the new single by THE FRANKLYS, which they’re unveiling here exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Filmed, directed & produced by Dan Sanchez, the video for ‘Comedown’ stars actor Eddie Goatman.
Out on 25 March through Electric Wood Records, and available to pre-order here, the limited edition 7″ of ‘Comedown’ b/w ‘Long Way’ will be available on the merch stand at the band’s forthcoming dates…..
29/02/16 Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
03/03/16 Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge
04/03/16 Cult Café, Ipswich
05/03/16 The Asylum, Chelmsford
09/03/16 Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
10/03/16 Nice n Sleazy, Glasgow
11/03/16 The Top House, Stanley, Durham
12/03/16 The Fleece, Northallerton
17/03/16 The Finsbury, Manor House, London
18/03/16 Bumper, Liverpool
19/03/16 Bad Apples, Leeds
20/03/16 The Castle Hotel, Manchester
24/03/16 Green Door Store, Brighton
25/03/16 The Railway, Winchester
26/03/16 Esquires, Bedford
01/04/16 Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
02/04/16 Threshold Festival, Liverpool
02/04/16 The Firebug, Leicester
Notorious post-punk funk deconstructionists THE POP GROUP have unearthed a long lost video for their classic single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’.
The video was recorded at the Bristol band’s show at London’s Electric Ballroom at the time of the single’s original release in November ’79. Previously unseen, it was recently rediscovered in the attic of video-maker Chris Reynolds and has now gained a new life as the official video for the single’s reissue.
“During my final year at the Film School I had a desire to make film about a Bristol band rather than a London one,” Reynolds explains. “A guy I worked with at the Bristol Hippodrome as a stagehand, said I should meet The Pop Group and sorted out a visit to them rehearsing in a studio near St Pauls in Bristol.
“A few months later, following the recording of the single ‘We Are All Prostitutes’, myself and Simon Fanthorpe, long time buddy and video associate, ended up at the Electric Ballroom in Camden to shoot the band live.
“The band were playing a gig with the GANG OF FOUR and THE SLITS. It was quite simply a wondrous night. We had purloined a couple of black and white Sony Rover half inch video recorders from the London College of Printing and set ourselves up in the auditorium. Simon grabbed a slot near the stage and we turned over. The gig was a belter and all three bands blew us away.
“Editing in the mid to late seventies was as basic as basic can be. Cuts were made with only a terrible accuracy of 4 frames either side of the frame. We found, that a way round this was to sync the decks up by hand any blindly cut in and out manually. Madness. For this reason the tapes were transferred and I processed them through a Colour Video Synthesiser housed at the college. Basically it was a multilevel keyer that colourised and boosted the rushes.
“We hid in the edit suite all night and after several hours of very risky on the fly cutting created the anarchic collage that you see. Its not neat or clever in fact we pulled the plugs and waggled the video connectors to make the images break up more. Nuts.
“It did the job at the time and was seen as pretty unorthodox then, but it has languished in its box in my attic, lost for over 37 years. A belated reunion last year with Mark found me repeatedly trawling through the waist high junk of my attic without success. But, as is so often the way, a search for a serviceable suitcase had me literally tripping over it. I hope it brings you some pleasure.”
‘We Are All Prostitutes’ is reissued on digital and 7″ formats on Friday 19 February. Their long out of print second studio album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? is being reissued the same day.
Reissued and available on CD for the first time, the LP version comes packaged with eight giant original artwork prints on four double-sided posters, and the CD format will include smaller versions of all the posters. Although ‘….Prostitutes’ was omitted from the original pressing of the album, it is now being included on the reissue.
SIMON CHAINSAW, ex of Aussie garage legends the VANILLA CHAINSAWS, has announced a series of European shows for the Spring!
Blasting out of Sydney in ’86, the Chainsaws came late to the scene, but made up for lost time visiting the UK, Europe and the USA, making several circuits of their homeland with the likes of THE LIME SPIDERS and CELIBATE RIFLES and dropping sides for Phantom and Glitterhouse.
Now based in Brazil, Simon’s heading to Europe in April and May, stopping off in France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy. No UK shows, as yet, on the horizon, but you can get a taste of what to expect from the video above….
Full dates are as follows….
20 / 4 FRANCE – LA SCENE BOURGOGNE – ORLEANS
21 / 4 FRANCE – LE DYNAMO CAFE – NANTES
22 / 4 FRANCE – PERIGUEUX
23 / 4 FRANCE, LA BAZKA, TRANQUEVILLE – GRAUX
25 / 4 FRANCE – BAR DE LU – BESANCON-
26 / 4 FRANCE – THUNDERBIRD – ST ETTIENNE
28 / 4 ITALY – OFFICINA DEGLA ANGELI, ARBIZZANO, VERONA
29 / 4 ITALY – SOUND BONICO, PIACENZA
30 / 4 ITALY – CENTRALE ROCK PUB, Erba, Como
1 / 5 SWITZERLAND, LE BOUFFON DE LA TAVERNE – GENEVA
4 / 5 GERMANY – WILD AT HEART – BERLIN
5 / 5 GERMANY – THE PITCHER – DUSSELDORF
6 / 5 GERMANY – THAV – HILDESHEIM
8 / 5 GERMANY – SONIC BALLROOM, KOLN
Cleveland, Ohio duo ARCHIE & THE BUNKERS have unveiled a video for their new single ‘Sally Lou’.
True to form, the teenage bothers Emmett and Cullen O’Connor deliver a minimalist slab of grinding, lo-fi organ punk. ‘Sally Lou’ is taken from their self-titled debut album which is out now through Dirty Water Records. You can order it here.
Recording the album with Detroit garage legend Jim Diamond at his Ghetto Recorders studio, Emmett says matter-of-factly, “We drove, set up and recorded pretty much everything. Then, we went back to the hotel and recorded the next day. The next day Jim played us our songs and we liked them.”
The brothers are currently finalising dates for their debut European tour later this year.
Dutch post-punks RATS ON RAFTS have made a superb video for their new single, an abrasive cover of the LEE HAZLEWOOD & NANCY SINATRA evergreen ‘Some Velvet Morning’.
It’s out on Fire Records on 4 March, ahead of a bunch of UK dates, including a London show supporting protopunk legends PERE UBU. Rats On Rafts released their second album Tape Hiss through Fire last October.
Full dates are as follows….
22 Mar: Drift Bar, Portsmouth
23 Mar: Boileroom, Guilford
24 Mar: The Dome, Tufnell Park, London w/ Pere Ubu
25 Mar: Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton
26 Mar: The Lock Tavern, London
Bristol pop-punkers IDESTROY unveil their debut E.P. with an extensive tour and a video for lead track ‘Vanity Loves Me’.
The trio of guitarist/singer Bec Jevons, bassist Becky Baldwin and drummer Jenn Haneef will be launching the release with a special show at Bristol’s Hyrda Bookshop on 26 February. The tour kicks off in Birmingham on Thursday 18 February and sees them playing headline shows alongside dates supporting SUBHUMANS and THE RAMONAS. Full dates are as follows…..
Thur 18 Feb – The Rainbow, Birmingham
Fri 19 Feb – The Frog and Fiddle, Cheltenham (w/Subhumans)
Sat 20 Feb – The Unicorn, London
Fri 26 Feb – Hydra Bookshop, Bristol (EP LAUNCH NIGHT)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cons Club, Chippenham (Afternoon)
Sat 27 Feb – The Cellar, Oxford (Evening)
Fri 4 Mar – The Dolls House, Abertillery
Sat 5Mar – T. Chances, London
Sun 6 Mar – Three Bridges Venue, Crawley
Thur 10 Mar – The Victoria, Swindon
Fri 11 Mar – The Louisiana, Bristol (w/The Ramonas)
Sat 12Mar – Readipop, Reading
Sun 13 Mar – Bath Half Marathon (Morning)
Sun 13 Mar – Fuel, Cardiff
Tue 5 Apr – The Thirsty Scholar, Manchester
Wed 6 Apr – Bannermans, Edinburgh
Thur 7 Apr – O’Rileys, Hull
Sat 23 Apr- The Wunderbar, Midsomer Norton
Sat 30 Apr – The Rifleman Pub, Stalybridge
To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS’ classic debut Come Find Yourself is getting a deluxe reissue this month and Vive Le Rock is giving you this appetite-whetting video exclusive!
The New York trio burst onto the scene in 1996 with no fewer than three Top 30 hits – ‘The Fun Lovin Criminal’, ‘King Of New York’ and ‘Scooby Snacks’ – and a debut album that stayed on the chart for more than 100 weeks, going multi-platinum in the process.
Thanks to Edsel Records, Come Find Yourself is being reissued in an expanded three-CD edition and a collectors’ deluxe box-set, featuring a 12″ vinyl picture disc, a 10″ BBC sessions EP and a DVD from which the above clip is taken.
Speaking about the new edition, singer Huey Morgan said, “It’s a very unique record for the times, and remains so today – it’s not dated. It burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted.Looking back, it was a good start for a career in music that was uncompromising. You can tell listening to it, it was exactly the way we wanted it to be. There’s still a lot of love out there for Come Find Yourself.”
Released on Friday 19 February, Come Find Yourself is available to pre-order here.
The Fun Lovin’ Criminals are currently on tour in the UK. Full dates below….
Friday 05 Newcastle O2 Academy
Saturday 06 Nottingham Rock City
Thursday 11 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 12 Worthing Pavilion Theatre
Saturday 13 Norwich UEA LCR Norwich
Thursday 18 Cardiff Y Plas (formally Solus)
Friday 19 Exeter Great Hall
Saturday 20 London 02 Forum Kentish Town
Thursday 25 Birmingham The Institute
Friday 26 Manchester Cathedral
Saturday 27 Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom
GINGER WILDHEART has issued a striking, thought-provoking short film for a track from his brand new album Year Of The Fanclub due next week.
The powerful nine-minute film directed by Mark Haldor accompanies the song ‘Don’t Lose Your Tail, Girl’, which Wildheart describes as a feminist song written by a man.
“I was brought up by strong women and had little positive male influence in my life in comparison,” he explains. “I think this gives me an unbiased view on the opposite sex, by which I mean it’s unaffected by the stereotypes supported in magazines aimed at both men and women. In the end it’s a song about appreciating yourself, giving yourself a break, which seems harder for women in society.
“I wanted Mark to film the movie as I know he has earned strong bonds with the actresses he works with. He also has an eye for beauty beyond heavy make-up and posing, which is what a nine-minute film really needs. Nine minutes of contorting females would be torturous to watch. He has captured personality and joy, as well as a darker side that is quite disturbing.
“I think the film is a work of art, occasionally uncomfortable to watch, but with a lasting feeling of freedom. It’s a song about not losing your identity, and the film captures that in the natural beauty of the performances.”
According to Haldor, the director wanted to “create a visual stimulus that would not only do the lyrics and eclectic sounds justice, but provoke a look at women, of all ages, races and backgrounds and what they go through in life, both positive and negative.
“My intention was that everyone viewing should be able to resonate with at least one moment from it on a personal level. Whilst shot with many beautiful and talented actresses to tell several stories, the suggestion is that they could also be contrasting snapshots of just one character’s life, had she made different life choices.
“It was important to me that there was also no definitive ending to this film or any of the stories told as I wanted people to be left wondering what happens to these characters next? Just as we do with people we know and have known in real life. A reminder for all to embrace each day and who we are because that’s all that truly matters.”
Year Of The Fanclub is released through Round Records Records on 12 February.
THE BOYS have issued video footage shot on their momentous trip to China a year ago.
Promo clips of ‘I’m A Believer’ and ‘Brickfield Nights’ (above), professionally shot in Beijing by Jonathan Alpart and Will Griffin, have surfaced on YouTube. The clips were recorded for Chinese video show Sound Stage.
The band had originally travelled to China for a nine-date tour, only to find the dates cancelled at the behest of the Chinese Ministry of Culture for reasons of “crowd control and security issues”, with letters sent to venues threatening immediate closure should the band perform.
However, this didn’t stop them squeezing in three secret underground gigs, resulting in an hour-long documentary and the album Undercover – Live In China. Released through Action Records, it’s available from The Boys’ store, along with their current studio album Punk Rock Menopause.
Bostonion ska-punks JAYA THE CAT have unveiled a brand new video, along with an announcement of their appearance at this year’s 20th Anniversary Rebellion Festival.
‘Fake Carerras’ is taken from their acclaimed 2012 album The New International Sound Of Hedonism, and the video was filmed by Philip ‘Faf’ Pfaff of THE TIPS. Says Jaya frontman Geoff Lagadec, “So, we took a little time off from working on our new album to make this sweet tour video for ‘Fake Carreras’. We hope you love it as much as we love you!”
The New International Sound Of Hedonism is still available through Bomber Music.
Currently based in Amsterdam, the band have a raft of European shows throughout the first half of 2016, leading up to their Rebellion appearance in Blackpool on 6 August. Full dates are as follows….
30.01.2016 ESSEN (D) TuRock
31.01.2016 DEN HAAG (NL) Paard van Troje
05.02.2016 LEIDEN (NL) Gebr. De Nobel
06.02.2016 ARNHEM (NL) Willemeen
08.02.2016 SITTARD (NL) Ernestos
13.02.2016 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg
11.03.2016 VIERSEN (D) Rockschicht
26.03.2016 HAMBURG (D) 15. International Tattoo Convention
27.03.2016 HAMBURG (D) 15. International Tattoo Convention
15.04.2016 SCHWAEBISCH HALL (D) Club Alpha 60
16.04.2016 NEUNKIRCHEN (D) Antattack Festival
23.04.2016 LINDAU (D) Club Vaudeville
29.04.2016 FREISING (D) Uferlos Festival
06.05.2016 NUERNBERG (D) Zentralcafe im Künstlerhaus
07.05.2016 AACHEN (D) Musikbunker
27.05.2016 DORDRECHT (NL) Bibelot
28.05.2016 WUPPERTAL (D) Klub
01.07.2016 KOELN (D) Summer Jam
06.08.2016 BLACKPOOL (UK) Rebellion Fest