RICH RAGANY AND THE DIGRESSIONS have a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
The ROLE MODELS frontman has brought together some incredible musicians from bands such as The Dedwardians, The Men They Couldn’t Hang and The Scott Sorry Band to form The Digressions. The last few months have found them as BBC’s Band Of The Month and on many stages including a show at the Kentish Town Forum as support for The Lemonheads.
NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Liquor Lightning’ is taken from the band’s debut album In Borrowed Shoes, On Borrowed Time which is out through Wendigo Productions/Spaghetty Town on 24 May, ahead of their first ever UK tour, which kicks off with an appearance at Camden Rocks.
Catch the band at…
June 1 – London – Kolis (Camden Rocks) June 2 – London – Hard Rock Cafe June 3 – London – Live on Air, Boogaloo Radio June 4 – Birmingham – The Dark Horse June 5 – Nottingham – The Chameleon June 6 – Sheffield – West Street Live June 7 – Manchester – TBA June 8 – Liverpool – TBA
Stevenage anarcho mob BAD BREEDING have dropped a video for their new single.
‘Whose Cause?’ is the first track to be taken from their forthcoming third album Exiled, which follows on from last year’s Abandonment EP, their debut release for One Little Indian.
The video is the work of Owen Deutsch of D4MT Labs and NYC punks KALEIDOSCOPE.
“’Whose Cause?’ explores political misdirection in the media and its role in sowing seeds of division, suspicion and distrust in our communities,” explains frontman Christopher Dodd. “It touches on the nefarious ties between capital and a pocketed media class, while commenting on how instruments of the right have harnessed and manipulated divisive politics of identity in an attempt to dent the collective bonds of solidarity that bind our communities together. It’s about pushing beyond force-fed narratives and looking at the disastrous implications reactionary storytelling has on propping up the survival of late capitalism and the patrician outriders it funds and protects: the gilded bourgeoisie, the imperialists, the warmongers, the contemptuous old-money hawks, the emboldened corporate elite.”
Exiled is set for release on 21 June and is available to pre-order here.
Bad Breeding play the following dates…
July 21st – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol July 22nd – The Polar Bear, Hull July 23rd – Temple of Boom, Leeds July 24th – The Moon, Cardiff July 25th – Electrowerkz, London
Roots rock supergroup THE A.C.C. have a new video and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Never Gave Up’ is taken from the band’s debut album Beautiful, At Night, which was released last month.
An abbreviation of Abbiati Cantarelli Conspiracy, The A.C.C. are fronted by co-guitarist/vocalists Ed Abbiati from roots rock band Lowlands and Stiv Cantarelli of blues-punks Silent Strangers and J.D. Hangover notoriety. The band’s line-up is completed by drummer Antonio Perugini from the Silent Strangers and bassist Joe Barreca of The Mandolin Brothers. Their fifth guest member on the album is guitar and keyboard player Chris Cacavas from Green On Red and The Dream Syndicate.
The STRAY CATS have unveiled another new video for a track from their new album.
‘Rock It Off’ is taken from the album 40, the Long Island trio’s first new studio album in 26 years, in celebration of their 40th Anniversary.
The video, directed by John Logsdon, comprises session footage from the recording of the album at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio with producer Peter Collins and engineer Vance Powell.
“I wanted to make this record, the three of us standing like we do onstage,” says Brian Setzer. “When we set up like that, that’s when you get your best performances, because you’re feeding off each other a lot more.”
“‘Rock It Off’ may be my favourite track on 40“, says Slim Jim Phantom. “When the guitar riff comes in, I stand up a little straighter and imagine a peacock strutting. It’s got a shuffle groove that’s tailor-made for me to do the bop-bop-a-bop – the video captures the fun and good vibes we all shared while making the whole album.”
As previously announced, the Stray Cats embark on a tour of the UK and Europe in June and July. Full dates are…
Fri 21 Jun – Azkena Rock Festival, Spain Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Sat 29 June – Retro C Trop, France Mon 01 July – AFAS Live, Netherlands Wed 03 July – Columbiahalle, Germany Thurs 04 July – Palladium, Germany Sat 06 July – American Tours Festival, France Sun 07 July – Les Eurockeennes, France Tues 09 July – Killesberg, Germany Thurs 11 July – Zenith, Germany Fri 12 July – X-Tra, Switzerland Sat 13 July – Musilac Festival, France Thurs 18 July – Pori Jazz Festival, Finland Sat 20 July – Summer Jamboree, Sweden
40 is released on 24 May through Surfdog/Mascot and is available to pre-order here.
Legendary Croydon punks JOHNNY MOPED are back with a new single and video that they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Living In A Dream World’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming new album Lurrigate Your Mind, which is set for release through Damaged Goods on 24 May. The follow-up to 2016’s It’s A Real Cool Baby, the 14-track album was produced by longtime associate and former Tenpole Tudor guitarist Dick Crippen.
Formed in 1974, and at various points featuring the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Captain Sensible in their line-up, Johnny Moped were early performers at London’s legendary Roxy club, going on to release their debut album Cycledelic on Chiswick in 1978. The band were immortalised in the documentary Basically Johnny Moped directed by Sensible’s son Fred Burns, in 2013. Burns is also responsible for the new video.
“It’s hard to be normal,” says longtime guitarist Slimy Toad. “This video was filmed in Rock’n’Roll Robot’s music room and Johnny and his band think you’ll find you just can’t keep a good tune down. I hope you watch it!”
The album’s available to pre-order in a special limited edition bundle here.
Johnny Moped have several dates lined up, including a short German tour and a date at London’s 100 Club. Full dates are…
Feb 23rd – The Front Room, Croydon March 3rd – Con Club, Lewes April 20th – Revelations Festival, Harpenden April 25th – Gleis 22, Munster, GER April 26th – Museum, Koln, GER April 27th – Wild At Heart, Berlin, GER April 29th – Rock n Roll Butterfahrt, Helgoland April 30th – Kling Klang, Wilhelmshaven, GER May 1st – Hafenklang, Hamburg, GER June 8th – 100 Club, London August 3rd – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool
Upholding the banner for oldtime country and rockabilly, DALE WATSON returns to the UK this Spring.
The Texan musician will play a series of dates in May and June, including an appearance at this year’s Red Rooster Festival in Norfolk.
Originally based in Austin, Watson is spending an increasing amount of time in Memphis where he is in the process of reopening legendary bar Hernando’s Hideaway, a onetime haunt of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
A prolific artist since the mid-90s with around thirty albums to his credit, and secialising in songs about drinking, trucking and cheating, Watson’s latest release, Call Me Lucky, came out in February through Red House Records.
Check out his latest video…
Catch Dale and his band The Lone Stars on the road at…
Wed 29 May – London Jazz Café Thur 30 May – Oxford Bullingdon Fri 31 May – Euston Red Rooster Festival Sat 1 May – Newcastle The Cluny Sun 2 May – Liverpool Netherley Sports & Social Club Mon 3 May – Glasgow St Lukes Tues 4 May – Leeds Brudenell Social Club Wed 5 May – Sheffield Greystones Thur 6 May – Bristol Exchange
Tickets for Red Rooster – which takes place at Euston Hall, near Thetford, Norfolk from 30 May to 1 June and also features sets from NICK LOWE, LOW CUT CONNIE, CEDRIC BURNSIDE, JESSE DAYTON, OH! GUNQUIT, POWERSOLO, JAMES & THE ULTRASOUNDS and more – are available here.
Former NEW MODEL ARMY man Nelson is back with a new album from his latest band SURFQUAKE.
After twenty-two years touring the world’s stages with the legendary Bradford folk-punks, the bassist returned to his hometown of Colchester, Essex and, switching to guitar, formed Surfquake, inspired by the 60s sounds of surf music, sci-fi and psych.
A mix of covers and originals, Quake Up! belatedly follows on from the band’s 2012 debut Surf & Destroy, which saw the band getting airplay from radio legend and local lad Steve Lamacq.
Having also served (surfed?) time with major-league Colchester bands MODERN ENGLISH, CLEANERS FROM VENUS and CHURCHFITTERS, Nelson is joined in Surfquake by former MYSTERIE BOIS bassist Nic ‘Noserider’ Sadler, SALTDOG drummer Dan ‘The Dune’ Sceats and latest arrival, keyboardist Cara ‘Carabunga’ Bruns.
“After Cara joined, we got a new lease of life and started recording again,” says Nelson. “We always have a laugh in the studio and after nearly three years we found we had 17 tracks that we really liked and decided it was time to quake up and to stick ‘em together as an album – there’s a bunch of covers and a few of our own tunes – we even did a bit of singing for a change.”
Check out the cheap’n’cheerful video for ‘Surfer Jet City’…
Surfquake play a special album release show on 26 April at Three Wise Monkeys, Colchester. Tickets are on sale here.
Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR are back with a new single and video, and they’re launching it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Originally from the Redruth band’s self-titled debut EP, ‘Radio Song’ is taken from their new compilation Our Hour just released through Easy Action Records.
The band’s critically acclaimed triple-album The Saving Of Cadan was released last summer making numerous end-of-year lists, including our sister mag Louder Than War. The band are currently in the process of planning a series of UK dates.
THE STRAY CATS have unveiled a brand new video for the first single from their new album
‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ taken from the album 40, which is out on 24 May on Surfdog Records through Mascot Distribution.
The album, which celebrates the band’s 40th Anniversary, is the Long Island rockabillies’ first new full-length in 26 years. It’s available to pre-order here.
“I love this video!” says Slim Jim Phantom. “It’s an animation style that combines the best elements of vintage and contemporary into a rockin’ joyride through our song.”
“I love our new single and video for ‘Cat Fight’,” agrees Lee Rocker. “I’m married to a hot brunette with a temper so I get it!! Bouncy walking boogie bass, twangy tough guitar and slamming drums. The Stray Cats are back!!”
As previously announced, the band play four UK dates in June. Support on all dates comes from Aussie rockers THE LIVING END.
Sun 23 Jun – 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 Jun – 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London Thurs 27 June – Hammersmith Apollo, London
EVIL BLIZZARD have announced the release of a double live album for Record Store Day, and they’re launching it with a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Tell Me’ is taken from VILEVILIVE which was recorded live at the Sonic Rock Solstice Festival in Worcestershire last year. The album follows on from the last year’s release of the band’s debut album The Worst Show On Earth.
VILEVILIVE is set for release though the band’s Crackedankles label on Friday 12 April, in time for Record Store Day the following day. It will be available on white vinyl in a gatefold sleeve with a free download card, limited to 500 copies. It will also be available on CD, also limited to 500.
The band play a special headline show at Preston’s iconic Guild Hall on Staurday 13 April, with support from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, The Membranes and Part Chimp. Tickets are available here.
THE STRAY CATS have unveiled the first single from their new album, their first in 26 years!
‘Cat Fight (Over A Dog Like Me)’ is taken from the succinctly-titled 40, celebrating the Long Island rockabillies’ 40th Anniversary. Check it out here.
The band recorded the album at Blackbird Studio, Nashville at the end of last year with producer Peter Collins. Check out this studio clip featuring band and producer talking about the album…
“You have to understand how unique The Stray Cats are,” explains Brian Setzer. “It’s me playing an old hollow body guitar, Slim Jim playing two or three drums, and Lee Rocker slapping a stand-up acoustic bass. I get to write new songs and then play them with my buddies. Somehow we created a new and exciting sound with this simple idea. And you know what? A lot of people agree!”
“This new album really feels like the first record we did, it’s really natural and comfortable,” adds Lee. “For the recording, we went live – like doing a gig, we recorded in a real, organic way. We were all in one room standing next to each other recording live, with the amps turned up to 10, it captured the undefinable things that happen when a band is great, it captured the magic that takes place and an undefined spark.”
“We’re very, very focused when we get into the studio,” continues Slim Jim. “It didn’t feel like a long time had passed since we had done this, it felt very natural and familiar. We were all in a row with everyone watching each other, so it felt like a gig in the set-up. We really embraced that a little bit for the album, it’s like an old way of making records. The modern is meeting the vintage, which has always been our inspiration.”
Featuring 12 all-new original songs, 40 is set for release on 24 May on Surfdog Records via Mascot Label Group Distribution. It will be available as a limited boxed edition CD, with two bonus tracks, a set of coasters plus postcards and stickers, as well as a limited editon siver vinyl LP. You can pre-order the album here and get ‘Cat Fight…’ as an instant free download.
As previously announced, the Cats play the following European dates…
Fri 21 June Azkena Rock Festival, Vitoria, Spain Sun 23 June 02 Academy, Birmingham Tues 25 June 02 Apollo, Manchester Wed 26 June Eventim Apollo, London Thur 27 June Eventim Apollo, London Sat 29 June Retro C Trop, Tilloloy, France Mon 1 July AFAS Live, Amsterdam, Netherlands Wed 3 July Columbiahalle, Berlin, Germany Thur 4 July Palladium, Cologne, Germany Sat 6 July American Tours Festival, Tours, France Sun 7 July Les Eurockeennes, Belfort, France Tues 9 July Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany Thur 11 July Zenith, Munich, Germany Fri 12 July X-Tra, Zürich, Switzerland Sat 13 July Musilac Festival, Aix-Les-Bains, France Thur 18 July Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland Sat 20 July Summer Jamboree, Falun, Sweden
The long-awaited debut album by LITTLE VILLAINS, the band founded by legendary MOTÖRHEAD drummer Philthy Animal Taylor, is finally to see the light of day. And the band are premiering a new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Philthy formed the band with guitarist/vocalist James A Childs and bassist Owen Street in 2006, recording Philthy Lies in Palm Springs, California the following year. But, what with one thing and another, the band was never really able to take off. The death of Taylor in 2015 looked like the end of the project.
Childs and Street felt the tracks deserved to be heard, however, and signing to Heavy Psych Sounds, and now joined by drummer Chris Fielden, they’re ready to unleash Philthy Lies – and the video ‘Running Around’ – on the public, in noisy tribute to their friend and drummer.
“‘Running Around’ is the second single from the Philthy Lies album,” say the band. “Like a feel good summer hit featuring James’ vintage riffing and tales of hopeless devotion delivered with the unmistakeable classic backbeat of Philthy Animal Taylor!”
Philthy Lies will be released by Heavy Psych Sounds on 29 March. It’s available to pre-order here.
Birmingham proto-punks BLACK BOMBERS return with a stunning new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Relentless’ is the first track to be unveiled from the power trio’s new mini-album Vol.4. The six-tracker will be released through Easy Action next month on 10” vinyl, harking back to the golden days of the mini-album in the 80s, as well as legendary 10-inchers like the COUNT BISHOPS’ Live, and of course fellow Brummies BLACK SABBATH’s classic fourth album.
“We’d had ‘Relentless’ for a while and recorded it for the debut album,” explains drummer Dave Twist. “But it didn’t feel right somehow, so we left it off. We got it right this time – cutting out anything that didn’t propel the thing forward.”
Following on from the band’s previous releases – the two 7” singles ‘Crazy’ and ‘Rush’ and their 2016 self-titled full-length, Vol.4 was recorded in the band’s lock up with engineer Simon Bishop and his Dragon Electric mobile studio. The record features five band originals, plus a scorching cover of Paisley Underground band GREEN ON RED’s classic ‘Hair Of The Dog’.
“Al and I are fans of Green on Red and thought that ‘Hair of the Dog’ would sound great with a heavier treatment,” explains bassist Darren Birch. “We imagined a cross between Crazy Horse and Blue Cheer…”
With Twist and Birch joined by guitarist/vocalist Alan Byron, Black Bombers boast an impressive CV that includes time served with the likes of original ’77 punks The Prefects, 90s sleaze-rockers Gunfire Dance, The Damned’s Brian James, Walter Lure of Heartbreakers fame, The Godfathers and seminal Birmingham garage band, TV Eye. A ferocious live act, they’ve been compared by reviewers to The Stooges, Third World War, Pink Fairies and Larry Wallis-era Motörhead
The band have a handful of shows lined up in April. Catch them live at…
4 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ The Folk Devils) 7 Apr – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough (w/ Eight Rounds Rapid) 14 Apr – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham (w/ Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind) 18 Apr – Hope & Anchor, London (w/ Last Great Dreamers)
Vol.4 is released through Easy Action Records on Friday 29 March. It’s available to pre-order on iTunes and Spotify here.
Venice Beach punks LUICIDAL have a brilliant new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘One Steel Soldier’ is the epic closing track from the band’s recently-released second album Born In Venice and stars guest vocalist Dale Henderson from thrashers BEOWÜLF. The video is the work of renowned artist and skater Bart Saric.
Luicidal was formed in 2012 by former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES members Louiche Mayorga and R.J. Herrera with a yen to create music “badass like the 80’s style Suicidal music.” The band released their self-titled debut in 2014. By early 2016, Herrera had left the band and the current line-up features Marty Ramirez on guitar, Mayorga on bass, Vince Sollecito on drums and Mike Avilez on vocals.
Fellow Venice band Beowülf formed in 1981, signing to Mike Muir’s Suicidal label. Releasing their first album in 1986, and sometimes described as a cross between Suicidal Tendencies and Motörhead, they’ve had numerous line-ups, Henderson being the sole original member.
Italian post-punks CUT have announced a UK tour plus a new single.
The long-serving Bologna trio will contribute one side to a split split single alongside Turin’s MOVIE STAR JUNKIES on the splendidly-named Ancona label, Bloody Sound Fucktory. Cut’s track ‘Bad Chromosome’ features special guest MINUTEMEN and fIREHOSE bassist Mike Watt, who also contributed to the band’s most recent album Second Skin, released in 2017.
The band recently released a video for the album track ‘You Killed Me First’, saying…
“This video has been assembled with footage filmed with all kinds of devices by various people who have been at our live shows throughout the years. Some were already long-time friends and collaborators of ours, while others we have met on that occasion for the first time and have stayed friends ever since. There’s some we’ve met just once and even some we’ve never been introduced to in person! Most of them just happened to be in the audience that night and managed to capture some of the action. Nevertheless, they’ve all been there with us, sharing that suspension of society’s rules and regulations which every rock and roll show should aim at generating. Thank you for contributing with your visual memories of the CUT experience! Most importantly, thank you all so very much for your support across more than two decades. See you on the road and keep on dancing to A Different Beat!”
Formed in 1996, Cut have released six albums, including 2010’s Annihilation Road, recorded and mixed in New York with Matt Verta-Ray (Madder Rose, Speedball Baby, Heavy Trash) and mastered by Voidoids guitarist Ivan Julian. Since forming they’ve toured constantly throughout the UK, Europe and the USA, sharing stages with the likes of Iggy & The Stooges, Violent Femmes, Radio Birdman, The Jim Jones Revue, Royal Trux, The Hives, Mudhoney and loads more.
Cut hit the UK in March for a series of dates kicking off at The Shacklewell Arms in London on Friday 8 March. Full dates are…
Fri 8 Mar – London – Garageland @ Shacklewell Arms (w/Lucy & The Rats) Sat 9 Mar – Bristol – Mother’s Ruin Sun 10 Mar – York – The Fulford Arms Mon 11 Mar – Dundee – Make That a Record @ Conroy’s Basement Tues 12 Mar – Glasgow – Hug & Pint Wed 13 Mar – Edinburgh – Leith Depot Thur 14 Mar – Liverpool – Free Rock and Roll @ Sound Food and Drink Fri 15 Mar – Bolton – Big Unit Sat 16 Mar – Preston – The Ferret Sun 17 Mar – Manchester – Star & Garter (w/The Varukers)
London powerpop rockers LOS PEPES have a new video to show off and they’re doing it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Positive Negative’ is the title track from the band’s fourth album, which is set for release this Spring through Wanda Records / Adrenalin Fix Music. The video was directed by Ryan Quarterman of Future Human Design Co.
“‘Positive Negative’ is the title track of our upcoming new album. Therefore as a song it represents the whole record’s concept of doing exactly what people say you shouldn’t do,” explains singer/guitarist Ben Perrier. “Wrong is normally right in our experience. To capture the energy of this unhealthy attitude of wrongdoing we made this short clip in which we fail to defuse a bomb. All set to a Beat Club TV-esqe backdrop of green screen explosions and non stop action. Enjoy it folks.”
Described as the Motörhead of powerpop, Los Pepes came together in 2013, sporting a truly international line-up, originating in the UK, Japan, Brazil and Poland. Tearing several strips off clubs, bars and festivals across the UK and Europe, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Kids, Mudhoney, Guitar Wolf, The Detroit Cobras, The Stems, The Sonics and many many more…
Hertfordshire psychobillies THE ZIPHEADS have a brand new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Having taken inspiration from Mad Max in previous videos, the St Albans trio have gone back in time to the age of The Flintstones in the video for ‘Dinosaur Rock’.
“We had the idea for the video when the album Prehistoric Beat was originally released in 2013,” they say. “Our friend Tom Malins is an unbelievably talented animator so we were talking to him about this idea but at the time nobody had the money or the time to make it happen. But when Bomber Music re-released the album in July we got together and made it happen. The video is influenced by the Hannah-Barbera style cartoons of the 1960s with some Ren & Stimpy 90s influences chucked in.
Formed in 2006, The Zipheads releaed their debut album Prehistoric Beat on their own label, before signing to Bomber Music for the follow-up Z2: Rampage! in 2016. Their punk-infused rockabilly has earned them serious props on the international psychobilly scene, with the trio invited to play festivals in Spain, France, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the U.S.A, sharing stages with the likes of Tiger Army, Rev Horton Heat, The Meteors, Guana Batz, Demented Are Go, King Kurt, Mad Sin and many more.
Catch the band on the following dates…
Sat 22 Dec The Horn, St Albans
Fri 11 Jan The Kings Head, Cromer
Sat 12 Jan The New Adelphi, Hull
Fri 25 Jan Hope & Anchor, Islington, London
Thu 31 Jan Fulford Arms, York
Fri 1 Feb Black Bull, Gateshead
Sun 3 Feb The Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
Fri 15 Feb Fish Fabrique Novelle, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sat 16 Feb Glastonberry Pub, Moscow, Russia
Fri 1 Mar Lewes Con Club, Lewes
Sun 3 Mar Bar 42, Worthing
Sat 23 Mar The Fighting Cocks, Kingston Upon Thames
Thu 28 Mar Gambrinus Music Club, Paris, France
Sat 6 Apr The Green Door Store, Brighton
Fri 19 Apr Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden
Sun 5 May 2 Night Stand, Watford
Fri 24 May Black Heart, Camden, London
Sat 25 May Strummercamp Festival, Oldham
Fri 12 Jul Once Upon A Time in the West, Wiltshire
Sat 17 Aug Exchange, Bristol
The reissued Prehistoric Beat is out now through Bomber Music.