London blues strategists MIRACULOUS MULE are back with a new single and video and news of a new album.

‘O Death’ is a traditional song made famous by bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley. Lead vocals are handled by returning singer Alex Louise Petty who featured in the band’s original line-up. The track is backed on the double-A-side single by another traditional song ‘John The Revelator’.

Both tracks feature on the band’s new album Old Bones, New Fire, which is out on 12 August through Lightning Archive. It’s the long-awaited follow-up to 2017’s acclaimed Two Tonne Testimony.

“We had a vague plan to put on some kind of special hometown show to mark the 10th anniversary of our first gig back in 2010 but the pandemic had other ideas,” explains founding guitarist and co-vocalist Michael J Sheehy. “While going through an old hard drive trying to clear space to record new music, I found some monitor mixes of a live session we recorded during sessions for what would become our first album Deep Fried and these performances kind of blew me away. I shared them with the band and we decided to record some more material in a similar vein to create an album. As soon as restrictions lifted, we got together in a room and something magical happened.”

Speaking of ‘O Death’, Petty adds, “Michael played me Vera Hall’s version of the song back at the beginning of the band, and while we can’t improve upon these old recordings, we can find our own way into the songs. Like many a great folk song, ‘O Death’ will always find its place in any era.”

The video is the work of Swiss artist Stéphanie Cousins.

Old Bones, New Fire is available to pre-order here.

The band have just announced a very special launch gig for the album on Sunday 14 August at the ornate Fitzrovia Chapel in London’s West End. Tickets are on sale here.

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Rejuvenated rockers DESPERATE MEASURES are back with a brand new single and video.

‘Thinking Of England’ is the band’s first new material since the release of their widely acclaimed mini-album Rinsed, released last year through Easy Action.

Once again, the track was recorded with producer Andy Brook (Status Quo, Wonk Unit, Ginger Wildheart) at his Brook Studios in Wallington, Surrey.

According to guitarist Michael Gaffney, ‘Thinking Of England’ is “about leaving a bad situation, whether it be physically or mentally, trying to find light at the end of the tunnel and staying hopeful, realising that you might be fucked now, but it’s not always going to be that way.”

The band have a full summer of shows ahead of them, kicking off with a single launch show this Friday 20 May at The Water Rats, London with support from The Duel and Seven Days And Doesn’t Die. Tickets are on sale here.

Full dates are…

May 20 – London, Water Rats
June 3 – Strummercamp Fest, Oldham
July 1 – 229 Club, London (w/UltraBomb)
July 8 – Bedford Esquires ( w/The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 9 – Manchester, Night People (w/The Rose Of Avalanche)
July 22 – Hope & Anchor, London (w/Sick On The Bus)
August 4 – Blackpool, Rebellion Festival
August 20 – Unity Festival, Corby
September 3 – Banfest Festival, Banstead

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Enigmatic post-punks ABRASIVE TREES have unveiled a video for a track from their new double-A-side single.

‘Moulding Heaven With Earth’ is coupled on the single with ‘Kali Sends Sunflowers’ and is out now through the SHAPTA Releases label.

Founded by guitarist/vocalist Matthew Rochford, the single is the first to feature the full band line-up of Ben Roberts (cello and bass), Jay Newton (guitars) and Jerome Hitchens (drums). The video is the work of fifth member Jess Wooller. The single was produced by Lucy Board and Matthew Board of Devon band Pale Blue Eyes.

Says Rochford, “‘Moulding Heaven With Earth’ is, in part, about how we try to line everything up perfectly in our lives – and how this never quite works. But it’s also about some deeper truths about our potential as human beings.”

The single is available to buy physically from Bandcamp and digitally here.

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THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY frontman and songwriter KEITH M THOMSON has unveiled the first fruit from his forthcoming third solo album.

‘Sinkhole’ diverges from TPBR’s signature folk-punk sound into a more gothic, electro-industrial territory. Backed with ‘Verena In The Mornings’, also taken from the forthcoming album, the single is available as a limited edition 7″ from Super8Singles Club.

The single is also available digitally from Spotify, iTunes, Deezer and all the usual streaming platforms.

The video for ‘Sinkhole’ was shot in Dubrovnik, Croatia is the work of Thomson’s longtime TPBR partner Marijana Hajdarhodzic – who also provides backing-vocals on the single – with editing by Gavin Carroll in London.

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Powerpop rocker MARC VALENTINE teams up with a Class of ’77 punk legend to pay homage to Camden Town on his new single as he launches the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Mornington Avenue’ finds the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman hooking up with Matt Dangerfield, founder of THE BOYS and onetime member of seminal punk precursors THE LONDON SS alongside Mick Jones, Brian James and others.

The single is the second track to be unveiled from Valentine’s debut solo album Future Obscure, which was recorded with Professionals and Wildhearts producer Dave Draper and is set for release on 8 July through Arcane Wires.

The video, by filmmaker Darren Stockford, finds Valentine and Dangerfield revisiting Camden scenes from their past, along with band members Steve Fielding, Denley Slade and Richard Davies (of Richard Davies & The Dissidents).

“There was a certain bittersweet thrill making this video,” sighs Valentine. “Visiting old haunts in Camden and sitting outside my old flat where my band started way back in 1989. It was also also a real honour having Matt appear in the video and having the permission to use some vintage footage of The Boys. I think the video captures the sentiment of the song perfectly, thanks to the editing skills and artistic eye of the terrific auteur Darren Stockford.”

‘Mornington Avenue’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is available to pre-order here.

As previously announced, Valentine and band head out on tour in July. Full dates are…

Fri 8 July – Nag’s Head, Macclesfield (launch party)*
Fri 15 July – Tap’n’Tumbler, Nottingham*
Sat 16 July – Voodoo Daddy’s, Norwich*
Sun 17 July – Dublin Castle, London*
Tues 19 July – Trillians, Newcastle
Wed 20 July – Bannerman’s, Edinburgh^
Thur 21 July – Fulford Arms, York^
Fri 22 July – Asylum 2, Birmingham^
Sat 23 July – Star’n’Garter, Manchester^

*with Carol Hodge ^with Continental Lovers


The Boys themselves have three UK dates lined up for next month at…

Thurs 2 June – Prince Albert, Brighton tickets
Fri 3 June – New Cross Inn, London tickets
Sat 4 June – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds tickets

Last but not least, Richard Davies and The Dissidents play a London headline show at The Hare & Hounds, Leyton on Saturday 11 June – tickets

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Enigmatic London punk-blues trio BAD FRACTALS have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘FreeRange’ was co-produced by Killing Joke’s Youth and the video was directed by acclaimed animator Monsta.

According to the band, “The video is a hilarious trip through the horrors of factory farming to the origins of the universe itself. It also acts as much needed trauma work, stemming from [singer] Bang Crosby’s childhood phobia of hard-boiled eggs! Originally conceived as a single image of copulating chickens, it rapidly evolved into a parody of the human race itself and its desperate desire to consume life, and everything in it. However, concealed in the video is an even bigger question: is our universe a mass-produced hologram itself?”

‘FreeRange’ is available to stream/download here.

Their other releases are available on Bandcamp.

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MEMBERS mainstay J.C. CARROLL straps on an accordion for a new album with his roots and folk band THE WISE MONKEYS.

Formed thirty-three years ago, the Monkeys also currently feature violin and didgeridoo player Elliet Mackrel, Members drummer Nick Cash and guitarist/mandolinist Steve Grocott from The Drones, and are no slouches when it comes to tangos, two-steps, waltzes, jigs and murder ballads.

Carroll is no stranger to the accordion, an instrument he first picked up in 1985. Since then he has played it with Johnny Thunders and Sinead O’Connor, and on the soundtracks to no fewer than six Julian Temple films plus Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando movies.

Set for release on 29 July, the album This Is Our Recorded is preceded by a video for the brilliantly-named autobiographical Chuck Berry-inspired Cajun romp, ‘Vive Le Rock’…

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Sunshine Coast punk whippersnappers THE CHATS herald their new album with a new video.

‘6L GTR’ is the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming second album Get Fucked, following on from ‘Struck By Lightning’, released earlier in the year. The video is the work of animator and illustrator Marco Imov.

‘6L GTR’ is available to download/stream here.

Get Fucked is available through Bargain Bin Records on 19 August.

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Northern rockers THE CITY KIDS have a brand new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

‘It Should Have Been You’ is the first track to be revealed from Filth, the forthcoming second album from the supergroup featuring members of The Main Grains, Warrior Soul, Tigertailz and Falling Red.

Lead singer JJ says, “The song was written about the age-old problems that most people will have dealt with: going out, looking and feeling good in your mind, only to have one of those nights where everything goes wrong, then, the aftermath where you reflect on people telling you to ‘be yourself’ and it still goes wrong, and, how seemingly less deserving people get all the things you feel you should. All set to a catchy singalong rock’n’roll tune, so, hopefully, its relatable to most people.”

The video is the work of director Bill ‘Fuzzy’ McGlide, who adds, “All there is to say is that it’s a fun clip. No frills. An 80 minute show in 4 minutes. GO AND SEE THIS BAND!!! Great music and you’ll have a damn good time. That’s what music is supposed to be about. Right????”

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Mysterious Londoners NRVS are back with a new single and video.

‘Scum’ is the third track to be unveiled from the trio’s forthcoming EP which was recorded at South London’s Off License Studios. The video is the work of director Grain Freeze and Matt Bateman, who between them have worked with Dinosaur Pile-Up, Noel Gallagher and Aphex Twin.

“So what about Scum? We’re all scum” say the band. “We’re the future of the human race and we’re fucked, as Extinction Rebellion used to say when they were cool – and we love it, or at least we seem to! Us lot just happen to be feeling it at the moment cos we happen to be alive now, so we’re the toppest layer of the pond… scum, get it?”

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Cornish psych-rockers HANTERHIR have unveiled a psychedelic new video ahead of their show at Penzance’s Acorn Theatre this Saturday.

‘Don’t Go’ is the second single to be released from the Redruth band’s forthcoming album There Is No-One To Trust (Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest), following on from the single ‘Honey Bees’ which came out last month.

“The video was filmed one evening in a small wood near Falmouth,” explains bassist Grant Kellow. “No-one could really see out of the eyeholes on the heads, lots of shouts of ‘Lift your left leg higher’, ‘Duck down’, and ‘Whose bright idea was this?’. But even Mike [Hewitt, sax] didn’t trip over anything in the end. Big fun making it. All filmed by the band in turn.”

“The heads took me a year over lockdown to make!” adds frontman Ben Harris. “Mike was the alien, Grant was the bear, Simon [Howard, guitar] was the devil, Jason [Brown, drums] was the hedgehog, Peasy [guitar] was the moon Lou [Macchi, violin] was the sun and I was the frog.”

Formed in 2008, Hanterhir have become one of the biggest bands in the Southwest, playing numerous festivals and sharing stages with the likes of Gang Of Four, Peter Hook & The Light and Flaming Lips. Following the success of previous album The Saving Of Cadan, they featured in a BBC documentary on the resurgence of the Cornish language, headlined London’s Kernow In The City festival and released a double-A-side single featuring covers of Sonic Youth’s ‘Schizophrenia’ and David Bowie’s ‘Dancing Out In Space’ just as Covid lockdown hit. They returned to live action with an appearance at Hawkwind’s Hawkfest last August and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

Set for release on 27 May through Easy Action on vinyl and CD (with exclusive bonus track), There Is No-One To Trust is available to pre-order here.

Tickets for the Acorn Theatre show are available here.

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MICHAEL MONROE has unveiled a second single from his forthcoming new album.

The swaggering ‘Can’t Stop Falling Apart’ is taken from the former Hanoi Rocks frontman’s forthcoming I Live Too Fast To Die Young, and follows on from last month’s ‘Murder The Summer Of Love’ single.

“It’s an ode to our wives and loved ones who have stuck by our sides through years of playing music and touring the world,” says Monroe about the new single. “But this can also apply to any person working hard, away from home a lot of the time, who is lucky enough to have a loved one sticking by their side through thick and thin. So, it’s a celebratory song to our nearest and dearest who are always there for us.”

“It’s a big, 1970s Slade-inspired glam stomper,” comments guitarist Rich Jones. “It celebrates our loved ones who support us through the ups and downs of being a touring musician.”

“Try to focus on the positive,” Monroe adds. “Because what you focus on usually tends to multiply…”

Recorded towards the end of last year at Inkfish Studios in Helsinki, the new album features eleven new songs produced by Monroe and the band along with engineer Erno Laitinen and features special guest Slash from Guns N’ Roses on the title track.

Set for release on 10 June through Silver Lining Music, I Live Too Fast To Die Young is available to pre-order here.

The Monroe band will be touring Europe throughout the summer, including dates with Alice Cooper and appearances at Sweden Rock, Hellfest, Wacken and HRH Sleaze festivals. Full dates are…

04 Jun – Gelsenkirchen (DE)
06 Jun – K.B. Hallen, Copenhagen (DK)*
9-11 Jun – SAARISTO OPEN AIR, Kaarina (FI)
10 Jun – ROCK IN THE CITY, Kuopio (FI)
11 Jun – SWEDEN ROCK, Sölvesborg (SE)
15 Jun – Dolina Charlotty, Charlotta (PL)*
17 Jun – Stadthalle, Zwickau (DE) *
18 Jun – AZKENA FESTIVAL, Vitoria-Gasteiz (ES)
21 Jun – Mitsubishi Electric Halle, Dusseldorf (DE)*
22 Jun – Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt (DE)*
25 Jun – HELLFEST, Clisson (FR)
29 Jun – Ippodromo San Siro, Milan (IT)*
07 Jul – SAUNA OPEN AIR, Tampere (FI)
08 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Oulu (FI)
15 Jul – VAUHTIAJOT, Seinäjoki (FI)
16 Jul – ROCK IN THE CITY, Rovaniemi (FI)
03 Aug – WACKEN OPEN AIR, Wacken (DE)
06 Aug – VAASA FESTIVAL, Vaasa (FI)
27 Aug – HRH Sleaze, Sheffield (UK)

*with Alice Cooper

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New Jersey punks BEACH RATS have just unveiled a new video as a taster for their forthcoming debut album.

‘Rat Beat’ is the title track from the album which is due out at the end of July through Epitaph.

Coming together in the seaside town of Asbury Park, Beach Rats boast an impressive line-up featuring vocalist Ari Katz (Lifetime), guitarist Pete Steinkopf (Bouncing Souls,) bassist Bryan Kienlen (Bouncing Souls,) guitarist Brian Baker (Bad Religion, Minor Threat) and Danny Windas (Let It Burn) on drums.

After releasing the five-track Wasted Time EP in 2018, which they matched with a bunch of high-energy gigs, the band convened in Baker’s basement to knock the songs into shape for their debut album, finally laying them down in the space of a single day at Lakehouse Studios once more working with engineer Eric Bennett.

“We’d go down in the basement, put on masks, open the windows and we could play – within CDC guidelines!,” recalls Baker. “We couldn’t go to dinner at each other’s houses but we could practice.”

“You’re gonna get authentic punk and hardcore from Beach Rats because we are all from the 80s,” Kienlen assures us. “It’s literally taking it back to some of our biggest influences like Negative Approach and Poison Idea, and of course, Minor Threat.”

Set for release on 29 July, Rat Beat is available to pre-order here.

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Former INMATES man PETER GUNN is back with a new solo album.

Credited to PETER GUNN & THE NEATBLOODS, Life Savings is the debut album from the guitarist who co-founded the Islington pub rock band back in 1977, scoring international hits with ‘The Walk’ and their own interpretation of The Standells’ ‘Dirty Water’.

The album came about when Gunn was invited by DJ and producer Dr Jack Romensky to record some sessions his studio in Paris, France where The Inmates have long enjoyed superstar status. This lead to the idea of recording a solo album.

“When an opportunity presents itself and needs must, ideas for songs which may have been forming more or less unconsciously for years begin to crystallise and Hey Presto….you have songs!,” says Gunn. “I knew I wanted some rock and roll, rockabilly and blues tracks on the album but I surprised myself by branching out into pop and psychedelia and beyond. So there is quite a range of styles on the album and, you know…….as they say, variety is the spice of life.”

Gunn is joined on the album by a number of guests, including Inmates drummer Jim Russell, whose CV features a diverse array of artists from Scotty Moore to the Human League; bassist Matt Radford (Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, Big Joe Louis) and French chart star Jil Caplan.

Mixing and additional recording took place at Alchemy Studios, Wood Green with producer Kenny Jones (Billy Bragg, Marc Almond, Brainiac 5).

Set for release on 6 June through Riverside Records, Life Savings is trailed by the single ‘Good Intentions’…

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Punk renaissance man JAMES DOMESTIC celebrates the release of his debut solo album with another new video.

‘Bean Counter’ is the fourth single to be taken from his debut solo album Carrion Repeating, which is out today on Kibou Records through TNS (UK) and Amok (Germany).

James is perhaps best known as frontman with East Anglian hardcore pioneers THE DOMESTICS, not to mention the likes of PI$$ER, BOTCHED TOE, TOKYO LUNGS and many more, but his solo project finds him channelling his inner Ian Dury, Mark E Smith and Vic Godard against a backdrop of punk-funk, Krautrock and lo-fi pop.

Carrion Repeating is available to buy here.

The Domestics, meanwhile, play the following dates…

Sat 30 April – Mama Liz’s, Stamford
Fri 20 May – Red Lion, Stevenage
Sat 21 May – Bird Cage, Southsea
Sun 22 May – Maypole, Derby

Read a review of Carrion Repeating and an interview with James Domestic in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock!

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Swedish alt-rockers OMNI OF HALOS have a new single and video which they’re premiering with Vive Le Rock!

The explosive, lurching ‘Care Free’, laden with lumbering riffs and, unusually, pedal steel melodies, is the Gothenburg band’s second single and title track of their forthcoming EP.

The band’s singer/guitarist Henrik Hjelt Röstberg – a former member of Vänersborg post-punks Division Of Laura Lee – comments, “This song came to be when I was experimenting with a new guitar tuning. It’s about a close friends that I’ve lost.”

The single was produced by another Division Of Laura Lee member, Per Stålberg in Welfare Studios, Gothenburg and mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth, Red Kross), while the artwork for the single was designed by Viagra Boys’ frontman Sebastian Murphy.

‘Care Free’ is available to stream/download on all the usual platforms from Friday 22 April. The EP will follow through Lövely Records on 22 May.

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Glam pop-rockers JO-JO & THE TEETH unveil their debut single and are premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Don’t Get Too Heavy’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album, fittingly titled No More Good News, which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Jason Stafford, house engineer at The Albion Rooms, The Libertines HQ in Margate, Kent.

Fronted by Canadian Jo-Jo O’Donoghue, the band have been regulars at the Kashmir Cafe tent at the Isle Of Wight Festival since 2018.

They’ll be playing a special single launch event on 6 May at Camden Assembly, London with special guests Bang and Tizane – tickets

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Bristol punks IDestroy have unveiled a brand new single and video ahead of their headline tour which kicks off this weekend.

‘Jellyfish’ follows of from the trio’s widely acclaimed debut album We Are Girls, released last year.

Their headline tour, which opens in Bury St Edmunds this Friday 15 April, hits London on the 27th and winds up in Guildford on the 29th, is the opening salvo in a year’s worth of touring, including a raft of Summer festivals and a support tour with The Selecter in the Autumn.

Full dates are…

15/04 The Hunter Club, Bury St Edmunds
16/04 Rough Trade, Bristol
17/04 The Prince Albert, Brighton
20/04 The Salty Dog, Northwich
21/04 NE Volume Music Bar, Stockton
22/04 The Rainbow, Birmingham
23/04 Jacaranda, Liverpool
27/04 The Grace, London
29/04 The Star Inn, Guildford
27/05 Lechlade Festival
28/05 Open Air am Lindenhain DE
29/05 EPD Cologne, DE
01/06 Le Pub, New port (w/Millie Manders & The Shut Up)
02/06 Nice and Sleazy Festival
09/07 Jurassic Fields Festival
15/07 Annual Diversion Festival
30/07 Attitude Festival
04/08 Outcider Festival
05/08 Rebellion Festival
19/08 Inglefest
20/08 Beautiful Days Festival
03/09 Barnstomper Festival
10/11 The Boilershop, Newcastle
11/11 QMU, Glasgow
12/11 Le Belle Angele, Edinburgh
13/11 Epic, Norwich
15/11 The 1865, Southampton
16/11Junction, Cambridge
17/11 Band on The Wall, Manchester
18/11 Koko, London
19/11 HMV Empire, Coventry

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