THE ‘GANG SHOW!

Post-punk/Goth legends AUSGANG have announced a rare London show as part of a renewed burst of activity.

Having emerged out of the ashes of Birmingham band KABUKI in 1983, became part of the scene around the iconic Batcave club alongside the likes of Specimen, Alien Sex Fiend and Sex Gang Children, before touring with The Cult and Gene Loves Jezebel.

Along with several singles and EPs, they released their debut album Manipulate on FM Records in 1985 but split two years later. They reformed in 2003 following the release of the compilation Last Exit… through Anagram.

Still featuring frontman Max and guitarist Matthew, the band will play The Water Rats, London on 6 October with Healthy Junkies and The Go-Go Cult – tickets – before heading to Poland to play the Return To The Batcave festival (6-9 Oct) in Wrocław alongside the likes of 13th Chime, Senex IV and Final Scream.

Before that, they headline the Gothic Pogo festival in Leipzig, Germany on 3 June, with Sex Gang Children’s Terry MacLeay guesting on bass.

The band are currently readying This Was Our Downfall, a compilation of Kabuki and Ausgang demos, though Bat-Cave Productions, who also have an array of tasty Ausgang merch available.

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THE INTERRUPTERS’ WILD RETURN!

THE INTERRUPTERS are back with a brand new single and video.

Released today, ‘In The Mirror’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming new album In The Wild, which is due out in August.

“I fell into so many self-destructive patterns trying to come to terms with my childhood,” says frontwoman Aimee Interrupter says of the song. “I spent so long trying to run from the pain. No matter how far I ran, there I was…. I realised I needed to make peace with who I saw in the mirror.”

The video was shot by renowned documentary maker Kevin Kerslake, responsible for films about Nirvana (Live! Tonight! Sold Out!!), Joan Jett (Bad Reputation) and The Ramones (We’re Outta Here!).

“We are SO EXCITED to announce our fourth full-length album In The Wild,” they say. “We put SO MUCH LOVE into this album. Produced by our very own Kevin Bivona, this album takes you on a journey throughout Aimee’s life and every song is a deep delve. We recorded almost the entire record in our home studio during the lockdown which as we all know was a turbulent time for everyone. The making of the record allowed us to have purpose and to rid our closets of all the skeletons lurking. Humbled and honoured to have features from Tim Armstrong, Rhoda Dakar, Alex and Greg from Hepcat, and The Skints.”

Before the album is released, the band will be joining the likes of SUM 41, DROPKICK MURPHYS and PENNYWISE at this year’s Slam Dunk Festival in Leeds and Hatfield.

Released on 5 August through Hepcat/Epitaph, In The Wild is available to pre-order here.

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HELLBENT FOR BROWN LEATHER!

NYC rockers THE SWEET THINGS are back with a new single and video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The sleazy country-rocking ‘Brown Leather’ is the first single and title track from the quartet’s second album which is due out in June. The video is by Video Rahim, also responsible for clips by RMBLR, Biters and many others.

The album was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with producer Matt Chiaravalle with finishing touches added in NYC’s Flux Studios and Mercy Sound.

Speaking of the video, founder Davie Tierney says, “[co-founder] Sam [Hariss], my girlfriend Scarlett (she plays the orange-haired skater in the video), and I were sitting around one night talking about what the video for this song should look like. ‘I’m seeing roller skates and butts,’ Scarlett said. We bullshitted the idea around for a couple hours and filled in all the blanks until the concept had materialized. The Brown Leather Roller Disco Bar in the video is basically the kind of place we would want to play or hang out at, but since it didn’t exist in the real world (that we know of), we had to create it. Hopefully nature takes its course now, and some of that life imitates art shit happens so that a place like this will open that we can actually hang out at and play.

“In our world someone saying, ‘that’s very brown leather’ is sort of similar to saying, ‘that’s not very punk rock’,” he adds. “It’s meant derisively in a way intended to criticize someone’s taste and even their cred a bit. It’s lighthearted, but also intended as a dig. The song ‘Brown Leather’ is basically us saying we don’t give a fuck what other people think, we’re just gonna do what we like and what we think is cool. The video itself is just an extension of that attitude, since we’re singing about doing what we like, we’re gonna make a video of what we’d like to see…we think other people will like it too.”

Brown Leather is set for release on 3 June through Wendigo Productions NYC and Spaghetty Town Records.

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VALENTINE’S DAY!

MARC VALENTINE has just released his debut solo single and he’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A glistening gem of 21st Century glam-infused power-pop, ‘Last Train Tonight’ is the first single to be taken from the LAST GREAT DREAMERS frontman’s forthcoming solo album Future Obscure. The song is paired with highly inventive video by Darren Stockford.

Speaking about the song, Valentine says, “A twist of fate and the things we can’t control. Taking the wrong way home and crossing paths with a bunch of midnight meatheads who can’t comprehend a guy in eyeliner. Demolition smiles and grunting fists, as you fall to the ground with the smell of blood, sweat, piss and beer in your nostrils. I’ve been there once or twice, but somehow always managed to make it home.”

Recorded earlier this year, Future Obscure was produced by Dave Draper, known for his recent work with The Wildhearts and The Professionals, and features guest appearances from Wreckless Eric and Matt Dangerfield from The Boys, and guitarist Richard Davies of The Dissidents fame.

Valentine is currently booking tour dates for July which will be announced shortly.

‘Last Train Tonight’ is available to stream/download here.

Future Obscure is due out on 8 July through Arcane Wires Record Co.

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MARK STEWART VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

MARK STEWART has a brand new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Rage Of Angels’ finds the POP GROUP founder collaborating with Belgian EBM pioneers FRONT 242. It’s taken from Stewart’s new album VS on which he collaborates with groups and artists “who originated, propagated and/or currently upholds the incendiary aesthetic, cultural and socio-political intentions” of the punk era.

The album also sees Stewart hooking up with the members of Cabaret Voltaire, San Francisco radical activists Consolidated, Finnish electronicists Pan Sonic, and San Pedro econo-punks Minutemen along with the late Lee Perry, On-U Sound maven Adrian Sherwood and Japanese experimentalist KK Null.

“Inertia is essential to the survival of evil,” says Stewart of the track. “Starve it, and it will cease to succeed in its subjugation of the soul. Seek out instead, the sanguine saviour of self and combat the corruption of kindness – which is rife. We can’t afford to take another duvet day under the weight of these things. We need to allow our filigreed finials to fall, and with them the dividing drapery of doom, revealing in their place the new dawn that’s rising in the windows of our world. So, what are you waiting for? Let the lords of the dance and our chorus of raging angels lead you to a life worth living. Don’t dissolve, get involved.”

Released through Emergency Hearts on 8 April, VS is available to pre-order here.

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PARTY LIKE IT’S 1985!

Australian-born, UK-based artist DEZ DARE has unveiled a new video from his forthcoming second album.

‘1.9.8.5.’ is taken from the album Ulysses Trash, which is due for release on 19 August through Ch!mp Records. It follows on from his debut Hairline Ego Trip, which was released last summer.

Dare aka Darren Smallman, grew up in Geelong, Victoria where in 1990 he became involved in the local punk and rock scene, playing in the band Warped, who shared stages with the likes of 5678s, Fugazi, The Dirty Three and the Hard-ons, eventually moving to the UK in 2010.

Speaking about the single, he says, “Religion has always confused me. I was raised Catholic for a while. It wasn’t for me. I find the concept of faith difficult. How to believe in the intangible? The concept of heaven, even more baffling. I remember being asked in school whether I believed, and when I said no, the brother asked whether I wanted to see my family and friends in heaven when I died. This scared the fuck out of me and I said, ‘No, 80 years is more than enough thanks’. We are animals, like all other organic life. We are a part of the entire universe down to the molecular level and reach far into the galaxy and beyond. We have little time before we are absorbed back into the quanta, so we should all take a breath, understand our place and stop hoping for a magical life beyond. Surely being a part of this massive and beautiful cosmos is amazing enough? Do we really need more?”

‘1.9.8.5.’ is available to buy here.

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RHODA’S MIDNIGHT WALK

RHODA DAKAR has unveiled another new video in her series of five cover version singles for Sunday Best.

The latest release, following on from her recordings of ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ and ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, is a ska version of ‘Walking After Midnight’, previously best known as a massive country hit for Patsy Cline in 1957.

“I was introduced to Country music through Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue album,” Rhoda says of the roots of her discovery of the song. “I loved ‘Sweet Dreams’ and once I heard Patsy Cline’s version I was hooked. Even my kids used to request ‘Crazy’ in the car. After Sarah Everard’s murder ‘Walking After Midnight’ was the first tune that came to mind, especially as I, too, had taken to walking around after dark during lockdown. Somehow it felt safer. It seems the predators felt so too.”  

Produced by Lenny Bignell (Pama International, Phoenix City All-Stars) and mastered by dubstep pioneer Jason Goz at Transition Mastering, the single is backed with a dub version of the track, ‘Midnight Skank’, featuring MC Natty Campbell.

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BAD BREEDING UNVEIL NEW SINGLE

Herts hardcore mob BAD BREEDING are back with a taster for their forthcoming new album.

The throbbing ‘Human Capital’ is the first single and title track from the Stevenage quartet’s fourth album which is due out in July through One Little Independent Records.

Formed in 2013, Bad Breeding took their lead from the Golden Age of anarcho-punk and influence from the likes of Crass, Flux Of Pink Indians and Rudimentary Peni. Releasing their self-titled debut album in 2016, the band have since gone on to sign to the One Little Independent label, the perfect home for the band having originally been set up by members of Flux. The label released the band’s third album Exiled in 2019, which featured in Vive Le Rock‘s albums of the year.

‘Human Capital’ is available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Bad Breeding play the following dates….

06 July – Liverpool – Quarry
07 July – Edinburgh – The Banshee Labyrinth
09 July – Manchester – Talleyrand
14 July – Nottingham – Chameleon
15 July – London – Moth Club
16 July – Bristol – Crofters
22 July – Hastings – The Crypt
23 July – Guildford – The Boiler Room

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PANIC STATIONS!

Undersung Dutch punks PANIC are celebrated in a new documentary.

Jimmy Is Punk – The Story Of Panic, by filmmaker Duco Donk, was shortlisted for the Best Music Documentary prize at the 2020 Raindance festival. The film is now set to stream exclusively on Doc’n Roll TV.

Formed in Amsterdam in 1976, Panic burned brightly but briefly for just two years, releasing a solitary album 13 in 1977. Known for their chaotic performances, Jimmy Is Punk tells the band’s story, with the help of a live concert film shot on 16mm and Super 8 analogue film, at a gig in the city of Gouda. The documentary goes on to recount the band’s mission to New York to play the legendary CBGB’s club.

Jimmy Is Punk will be available to stream here from Wednesday 30 March.

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IMBECILES UNVEIL NEW VIDEO

THE IMBECILES have unveiled another new single ahead of their dates with KILLING JOKE.

‘You’re Gonna Wanna’ is the second single from forthcoming album Imbecilica, which was recorded with KJ bassist Youth, at his studio in southern Spain.

“’You’re Gonna Wanna’ is The Imbeciles’ ‘Shiny Happy People’, if you will (or if you won’t),” states band founder and guitarist Butch Dante. “We wanted to give people a break from the absolutely shit show that is the world today. The lyrics are what you’d get if one of the c**ts who wrote those ‘live life love laugh’ posters took a handful of dexys and did a song with a garage band. And the video reflects that. It’s a celebration of all cultures, all religions. Frankly, I think we fucking nailed it.”

Imbecilica is released through Cadiz Music on 20 May. Pre-order it here.

The Imbeciles head out on tour with Killing Joke next week. Full dates are…

28 Mar Cardiff Tramshed
29 Mar Nottingham Rock City
31 Mar Bristol O2 Academy
1 Apr Liverpool O2 Academy
2 Apr Birmingham O2 Institute
4 Apr Manchester Albert Hall
5 Apr Newcastle Boiler Shop
6 Apr Glasgow Barrowland
8 Apr Leeds O2 Academy
9 Apr London Eventim Apollo Hammersmith

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NEXUS POSITION PLEASE

Legendary Greek post-punks NEXUS have returned after a 17-year hiatus with a brand new album.

Cited as Greece’s first industrial band, Nexus are the brainchild of musician, songwriter, label boss, broadcaster and filmmaker, a veteran of the country’s post-punk and Goth scenes since the early 80s.

Pougounas came to prominence as founder of Athens band FLOWERS OF ROMANCE, one of the most influential bands on the Greek underground scene, whose final album Brilliant Mistakes in 1996 was produced by Wayne Hussey. He formed Nexus in 2000, followed by NEW ZERO GOD in 2006. He currently hosts the internationally syndicated Blackout Radio Show.

For the new album Ninouki, alongside Greek musicians, Yiannis Drenoyiannis, Michalis Galeos, Louis Kontoulis and Michalis Semertzoglou, Pougounas worked with UK guitarist Mark Gemini Thwaite (The Mission, Spear Of Destiny, Peter Murphy) and renowned producer John Fryer (Nine Inch Nails, This Mortal Coil, Love And Rockets).

Ninouki is available now via Bandcamp

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THE DEVILLE’S IN THE DETAIL

Perhaps best known as a member KING PRAWN, guitarist HANS DEVILLE has a new video which he’s premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

A long way from the ska-punk of his other band, the Western Noir ‘Ruby Stars’ is taken his widely acclaimed album Prophecies Of The Lost, recorded with singer Andrew J Davies of the ‘dark country’ band FRANK FROM BLUE VELVET.

The video, which also features guitarist Andrew Francis, bassist Mark J Lee and former Peter & The Test Tube Babies drummer Ogs, was shot by rockabilly filmmakers Bopflix in the West Villa Bar at Hastings’ historic Crown House.

Hans and the band have announced a special ‘dark country hoedown’ at The Dublin Castle, Camden, London on Saturday 26 March – tickets

Prophecies Of The Lost is available to buy here.

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THE ‘BOMB PARTY

International punk supergroup ULTRABOMB have just unveiled another new single from their forthcoming album.

The unexpected partnership of The Mahones’ Finny McConnell, Hüsker Dü’s Greg Norton and ex-UK Subs drummer Jamie Oliver sent shockwaves throughout the international punk community in February when they dropped their explosive debut single ‘Stickman Vs. Hangman’.

Now they’re back with a second salvo in the shape of the more emotive, restrained but no less powerful ‘Star’…

“I dedicate this to my daughter, Coco,” explains Norton. “She inspires me every day. I wrote this for her. I want her to follow her dreams, and I feel she can accomplish anything if she is committed to it and puts her heart into it.”

With their debut album Time To Burn set from release on 27 May through UltraBomb Records, the trio have wasted no time in getting on the road, and kick off their tour in Ireland next week, landing in London on 2 April with another punk supergroup, DESPERATE MEASURES, in tow. Full dates are…

29 Mar – Wharf Chambers, Leeds
30 Mar – Bunkers Hill, Nottingham
31 Mar – Waterloo Music Bar, Blackpool
1 Apr – Queens Hall, Nuneaton (w/ Desperate Measures)
2 Apr – 229 Venue, London (w/ Desperate Measures)

Time To Burn is available to pre-order here.

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BLACK BOMBERS VIDEO PREMIERE!

Brummie proto-punk bruisers BLACK BOMBERS are back with a brand new single and video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The first release by the expanded Bombers line-up featuring new guitarist Steve Crittall who joined at the start of 2020, ‘Last Bite’ is released as a limited edition 7″ through Easy Action on 1 April.

“All Fools’ Day 2022 seems the perfect time to release a track about false promises and the fantasy of returning to fading Empires,” say the band. Recorded between lockdowns during the summer of 2020, work on the track was completed in Crittall’s studio in Soho, London.

The single is backed with a cover of The Damned’s ‘You Take My Money’ from their neglected second album Music For Pleasure.

Put together by bassist Darren Birch (Gunfire Dance, Brian James Gang, Walter Lure), singer/guitarist Alan Byron and drummer Dave Twist (The Prefects, TV Eye, The Hawks), Black Bombers released their self-titled debut album in 2016, followed by the mini-album Vol. 4 in 2019.

More recently, Twist, a recognised music historian and archivist, is responsible for the acclaimed anthology Un-Scene! Post Punk Birmingham 1978 – 1982, out this month, also through Easy Action.

Currently in the process of booking dates around the UK, Black Bombers and others play a Ukraine benefit show at The Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath on Sunday 27 March.

Pre-order ‘Last Bite’ here.

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TRUST NEVER SLEEPS

Cornish space-cadets HANTERHIR are back with a brand new album and single.

The seven-piece band from Redruth, who dazzled with their eclectic mix of spacerock, post-punk, psych and folk on the triple album The Saving Of Cadan in 2018, are set to release a new album Nyns Eus Denvydth Bys Trest at the end of May through Easy Action.

“The album’s title roughly translates as ‘There is no-one to trust’,” says singer, guitarist and songwriter Ben Harris. “Writing and recording the album was done over the backdrop of Brexit, a falling apart relationship and then Covid lockdowns. With all the wacky things that have come out of people’s mouths over the past few years I think the title pretty much sums everything up.”

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 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.

Hanterhir released a new single/video ‘Honey Bees’ on St Piran’s Day, 5 March…

They play The Acorn Theatre, Penzance on 30 April and are currently lining up gigs and festival dates for later in the year.

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BLUE SWEDE CHOONS!

You’ll have read the 16 pages of Swedish rock action in the latest edition of Vive Le Rock! Now check out the sounds with our handy video playlist….!!

THE NOMADS – WHERE THE WOLFBANE BLOOMS

UNION CARBIDE PRODUCTIONS – BE MYSELF AGAIN

THE OHNOS – HEADLESS IN HELL

FREEDOM – SOMEBODY’S GONNA HOLD HER TONIGHT

DICTATOR SHIP – SAVAGE

GRANDE ROYALE – DANGEROUS

THE HEADLINES – WARPAINT/AUTHORITY

THE HIVES – LOST AND FOUND

DIAMOND DOGS – WEEKEND MONSTER

DREGEN – JUST LIKE THAT

THE HELLACOPTERS – THE DEVIL STOLE THE BEAT FROM THE LORD

The latest edition of Vive Le Rock! is still available here!

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EDWARDS GETS HIS GOATS!

Indie go-to brass boffin TERRY EDWARDS and his 90s band THE SCAPEGOATS are to have their classic debut album issued on vinyl for the first time.

A founder member of 2Tone-signed punk-funkers THE HIGSONS, Edwards has worked with numerous groups and artists over the past forty years, including Nick Cave, Siouxsie Sioux, PJ Harvey, Madness, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Blockheads, Tom Waits, Alternative TV, Gallon Drunk and many more…

Edwards joined forces in The Scapegoats with bassist Jem Moore (Serious Drinking), drummer Ian White (Gallon Drunk) and trumpeter/guitarist Ian R. Watson (Higsons, Slab), to release their debut album My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me to considerable acclaim in 1995.

Originally only available on CD, the album is being re-released through Edwards’ own Sartorial Records for Record Store Day on 23 April as a 45 rpm double-vinyl album, with a free download card for the full album plus four bonus tracks.

My Wife Doesn’t Understand Me is also available on CD and download (minus bonus tracks) here.

Check out ‘Margaret Thatcher We Still Hate You…’

Edwards’ current band The N.J.E., featuring Higsons drummer Simon Charterton and Madness’ Mark Bedford on bass, play the following dates…

Tues 5 April – Chats Palace, Hackney, London
Sat 30 July – Con Club, Lewes
Wed 7 Sept – Pizza Express Live, Holborn, London

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CHATS ZAP BACK!

Aussie punk urchins THE CHATS have dropped a new video ahead of their UK tour which kicks off next week.

‘Struck By Lightning’ is the first fruit of recording sessions with new guitarist Josh Hardy, who replaces founder member Josh Price.

“The new bloke, Josh – he fucking rips, man!,” enthuses singer/bassist Eamon Sandwith. “He’s been a good friend of ours for years. His band The Unknowns were the first band that were our age on the Sunny Coast – before we’d even formed The Chats. In the early days, they were a full-on rockabilly band, and he had the quiff. He’d comb his hair back and stuff, and we just thought he was the fucking coolest guy ever.

“After our old guitarist Pricey left, me and Matt [Boggis, drummer] had a conversation, like, ‘If we can’t get Josh, we might just not carry on’,” he continues. “Luckily, he was willing to join, and we got right into it, writing songs and stuff. We were like, this is unreal – so good!”

Speaking of the new single, he says “’Struck By Lightning’ came about when we were having a jam. I was on the drums, and I just started playing this little pattern, like, ‘struck-by – LIGHT-NIN’!’ I thought, ‘Hmm, that could work’, so I went home and wrote a song about getting struck by lightning, like how you would feel, and what would happen. People can’t grow their hair back and shit. It’s weird – especially the whole no-eyebrows thing. That would be really scary! I’m really hoping that this doesn’t happen to me, now I’ve written a song about it.”

The UK tour kicks off with a sold-out show in Southampton on Satruday 19 March. Full dates are…

19 Mar – Southampton, 1865 SOLD OUT
20 Mar – Nottingham, Rock City
22 Mar – Dublin, Olympia
23 Mar – Belfast, Limelight 2
24 Mar – Glasgow, Galvanizers
25 Mar – Newcastle, Boiler Shop SOLD OUT
26 Mar – Manchester, Academy
27 Mar – Leeds, Stylus
28 Mar – Bristol, 02 Academy
29 Mar – Brighton, Chalk SOLD OUT
30 Mar – London, Electric Brixton
31 Mar – London, Electric Brixton

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