Blues-rock titan and Vive Le Rock Awards nominee BIG BOY BLOATER and his band THE LIMITS have just released a new video.
‘Pills’ is the title track from their forthcoming new album which is out on 15 June through Provogue/Mascot.
Following the 2016 release of Luxury Hobo, which made Vive Le Rock‘s Albums of the Year, Bloater and his band have stripped down to a trio, with a rhythm section comprising Matt Cowley on drums and Steven Oates on bass.
Speaking about the title track, Bloater says, “I think the sinister side to it is the pharmaceutical companies want you to take these drugs and they want you to keep on thinking you’re ill so they can sell you tablets. It’s gonna get to the point where you’re taking anti-biotics for everything, eventually they won’t work and we’re all gonna die from a super flu.”
Canadian thrashers AGGRESSION unleash a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Tales Of Terror’ is from the band’s accurately-titled fourth album Feels Like Punk, Sounds Like Thrash, which is out on 25 May through Dissonance.
The original incarnation of Aggression was formed in Quebec in the mid-80s, lasting four years and sharing stages with the likes of ANVIL and VOIVOD, releasing the classic Full Treatment album in 1988. Relocating to Vancouver, the band returned in 2014 with a new line-up built around guitarist Sasquatch and extensive gigging. Feels Like Punk… sees them back on form and touring in honour of the 30th Anniversary of Full Treatment.
While THE DAMNED have been basking in the limelight of their new album, original band founder BRIAN JAMES hasn’t been idle, revealing a brand new video as a taster for an expanded reissue of his hard-to-find debut solo album, as well as announcing a London date.
Brian James was originally recorded in 1990 following the break-up of James’ 80s band THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH. It was released on French label New Rose, formed a decade earlier, its name taken from the James- penned Damned debut single.
Reissued on 27 April through Easy Action Records, the album has been fully remastered for vinyl with two bonus tracks, new artwork and liner-notes by Brian. It’s available to pre-order here.
Brian recently went into the studio in Brighton, with drummer Malcolm Mortimer (who played on the original album) and bassist Austin Gayton, to make a video for the track ‘Slow It Down’. The video was shot by Tim and Poppy from fast-rising Birmingham garage trio TABLE SCRAPS.
“Although we’d factored in the usual amount of time for bands to take rests and to fuck up a few takes, Brian, Austin and Malcolm didn’t miss a single beat,” reveals Tim. “They had more energy and enthusiasm during the shoot than any teenage band I’ve filmed or seen play and it’s clear that Brian lives and breathes rock’n’roll.”
Brian James has just announced a show at The Lexington in London on 28 June, with Table Scraps as support. Tickets are on sale here.
Retooled power-pop rockers LAST GREAT DREAMERS have revealed a new video, which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘No Sunshine’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album, 13th Floor Renegades, their second all new release since their 2014 reformation.
“‘No Sunshine’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the album at the end of a three-day writing session,” says guitarist Slyder. “Marc played me a chord progression and a title idea and melody he had and instantly I knew I had some chords and a melody I’d written that would fit with it. We basically just bolted the two bits together and that was it. It all happened very quickly. I love the way it doesn’t really have a verse or chorus, it’s kind of an anti-song, quite different to anything else we’ve done. The video has a kind of horror B-movie quality about it, it’s a dark song about acknowledging your inability to feel any joy despite all the good things in your life.”
Set for release on Friday 13 April through Ray Records, the album is available to pre-order here.
The band play a special album launch show on Saturday 7 April at The Asylum 2, Birmingham before heading off round the country on tour. Full dates are….
Sat 7 April BIRMINGHAM Asylum 2 (Album Launch)
Thu 12 April LONDON The Black Heart
Fri 13 April CANNOCK The Station
Sat 14 April BRIDGEND Hobos
Sun 15 April CAMBRIDGE Portland Arms
Wed 18 April WAKEFIELD Black Mass
Thu 19 April GRIMSBY Yardbirds
Fri 20 April CARLISLE Club Rock
Sat 21 April GLASGOW Nice’n’Sleazy
Sun 22 April NEWCASTLE Trillians
Fast-rising Brummie garage-psychers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled another new video!
The reverb-drenched ‘Lyin’ Thru Yer Teeth’ is the latest track to be released from the trio’s acclaimed debut album Autonomy which is out now on Zen Ten Records. It’s available on vinyl, CD and download through their website.
The band play the following festival dates before heading on a jaunt round Europe as special guests of MONSTER MAGNET….
The band head out on tour next week for a jaunt around the UK and Europe, including a show at Camden Underworld and three dates in France as guests of THE EXPLOITED. Full dates are…
Mar 30th The Fighting Cocks Bar & Live Music Venue – Kingston (UK)
Mar 31st The Con Club – Lewes (UK)
Apr 1st The Underworld Camden – London (UK)
Apr 5th Trillians Newcastle -Newcastle (UK)
Apr 6th Bannermans Bar – Edinburgh (UK)
Apr 7th The Palace – Hastings (UK)
Apr 8th The Talking Heads – Southampton (UK)
Apr 12th La Clef – St Germain en Laye (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 13th Le Bacchus – Chateau Thierry (FRA)
Apr 14th La Citrouille – St Brieuc (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 15th Le’Ferrailleur – Nantes (FRA) w/ The Exploited
Apr 16th Le Mars – Angouleme (FRA)
Apr 17th Le Molotov – Marseille (FRA)
Apr 18th Le Tigre – Selestat (FRA)
Apr 19th Goldmarks – Stuttgart (GER)
Apr 20th Glockenbachwerkstatt – Munich (GER)
Apr 22nd Punk & Disorderly Festival – Berlin (GER)
The untimely deaths of BRIAN JONES, JIMI HENDRIX, AMY WINEHOUSE, KURT COBAIN and others are the focus of a new documentary film to be released this month. And Vive Le Rock is trailing it with this exclusive clip.
Directed by music industry legend, Simon Napier-Bell, 27: Gone Too Soon examines the circumstances of the demise of these musicians who all checked out at this coincidental yet significant age, drawing on rare and unseen footage and interviews with a host of musicians, journalists, industry figures and broadcasters, including Gary Numan, Tom Robinson, Keith Cameron, Barney Hoskyns, Paul Gambaccini. Peter Jenner and more.
The film is being screened at Regent Street Cinema, London on Monday 26 March – tickets – and will be released on DVD the same day.
MONSTER MAGNET are back with a brand new video which they’re launching today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Ejection’ is the second single from the New Jersey rockers’ 11th album Mindfucker which is due out through Napalm Records on 23 March. You can pre-order it here.
The single is a great version of a track by the late HAWKWIND genius Robert Calvert, and originally featured on his first solo album Captain Lockheed & The Starfighters in 1974.
Monster Magnet are set to return to Europe in May with a mammoth tour kicking off in Wiesbaden Germany on 3 May and including a headlining performance alongside Hawkwind at the Roundhouse, London on 6 May as part of Desertfest. Full dates are….
03.05.18 DE – Wiesbaden / Schlachthof
04.05.18 DE – Berlin / Desertfest Berlin
05.05.18 NL – Nijmeden / Doornroosje
06.05.18 UK – London / Desertfest London
08.05.18 DE – Cologne / Live Music Hall
09.05.18 DE – Saarbrucken / Garage
11.05.18 ES – Bilbao / Santana 27
12.05.18 ES – Madrid / Sala Riviera
14.05.18 CH – Pratteln / Z7
15.05.18 IT – Milan / Alcatraz Club
16.05.18 DE – Bochum / Zeche
18.05.18 DE – Nuremburg / Hirsch
19.05.18 NL – Groningen / Vera
21.05.18 DK – Copenhagen / Pumpehuset
22.05.18 SE – Stockholm / Debaser Strand
23.05.18 NO – Oslo / Blâ
24.05.18 SE – Malmö / Kulturbolaget (KB)
26.05.18 DE – Bremen / Schlachthof
28.05.18 BE – Leuven / Het Depot
29.05.18 BE – Ghent / Vooriut
31.05.18 UK – Manchester / Gorilla
01.06.18 UK – Glasgow / The Garage
02.06.18 UK – Belfast / Limelight
03.06.18 IR – Dublin / The Tivoli
Support on most dates comes from fast-rising Birmingham psych-rockers TABLE SCRAPS.
BARRENCE WHITFIELD & THE SAVAGES have announced a major tour for Europe, releasing their first ever video to coincide!
‘Let’s Go To Mars’ is the first single to be taken from the Boston R&B legends’ new album Soul Flowers Of Titan, which is out through Bloodshot Records this Friday. It’s available to pre-order here.
The video is the work of Eric Baconstrip, drummer with London garage sausage-mongers KING SALAMI & THE CUMBERLAND THREE, who’ll be joining Barrence and co at their gig at The Garage on 19 May.
Full tour dates are….
SAT 28 APRIL – RnB Night, Groningen NL
WED 2 MAY – Grand Social, Dublin IE
THU 3 MAY – CAQF, Belfast UK
SAT 5 MAY – Ballydehob Jazz Festival IE
WED 9 MAY – Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh UK
THU 10 MAY – The Cluny, Newcastle UK
FRI 11 MAY – Westgarth Social Club, Middlesbrough UK
SAT 12 MAY – Soup Kitchen, Manchester UK
SUN 13 MAY – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
TUE 15 MAY – Academy 3, Birmingham UK
WED 16 MAY – Academy 3, Oxford UK
FRI 18 MAY – The Railway Hotel, Southend UK
SAT 19 MAY – The Garage, London UK
MON 21 MAY – Ribs’n’Blues, Raalte NL
WED 23 MAY – Le Molotov, Marseille FR
THU 24 MAY – Upload Club, Barcelona ES
FRI 25 MAY – TBC, Alicante ES
SAT 26 MAY – Mendialdea Music Festival, Vitoria ES
SUN 27 MAY – El Sol, Madrid ES
MON 28 MAY – Planta Baja, Granada ES
TUE 29 MAY – Sala X, Seville ES
THU 31 MAY – Kutxa Kultur Kluba, Donostia/San Sebastián ES
SAT 2 JUNE – Goezot in’t Hofke, Oud-Turnhout BE
Fast-rising garage-rockers TABLE SCRAPS have unveiled a brand new video.
‘I’m A Failure’ is the lead track from their just released debut album Autonomy, which is already picking up rave reviews, including a hefty 9-out-of-10 from Vive Le Rock!
Speaking about the video, the Brummie trio say, “We had wanted to make a video that affectionately referenced channel surfing for ages and inspiration struck when, as always, we realised we had no money. We did have cheap wood and socks, though: it was all we needed to put together a loving homage to Beavis and Butt-Head, the golden years of MTV and the amazing/terrible music videos of our youth.”
The band are taking the album to the masses with a bunch of shows this week, including a FREE London show at The Shacklewell Arms in Dalston this Wednesday. Full dates are….
Feb 28 – London, The Shacklewell Arms
Mar 1 – Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
Mar 2 – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds Kings Heath
Mar 3 – Bristol, The Trap
Released through Zen Ten Records, Autonomy is available on vinyl, CD and download from tablescrapsband.com.
Dutch hardcore mob THIS MEANS WAR! have just released their debut EP and are premiering this video exclusively with Vive Le Rock! and Down For Life.
The video for ‘Use It Up’ is the work of director, animator and producer Chris Curtis of Dropkick Murphys and Green Day fame.
Veterans of the Dutch live scene, This Means War! came together in 2016 when members of Discipline, Hidden Guns, Superhero Status and Convict answered an Internet ad. They recorded the 5 -track EP in Amsterdam with producer Igor Wouters (Gold, Backfire!) before having it mixed at Getaway in Boston by Jason Maas.
The self-titled EP is out now on 10″ vinyl through Pirates Press.
Catch the band on the road at….
24 MARCH – Cafe den Tip, Vorsselaar, Belgium
2 JUNE – Rebellion Amsterdam 2018
7-8 JULY – Sjock Festival, Belgium
1 SEPTEMBER – Namur, Belgium w/ Lion’s Law
GINGER WILDHEART has just unveiled a video for the song ‘Paying It Forward’ from his new acoustic album Ghost In The Tanglewood.
Striking a mellow country vibe, it’s a bit different from his usual stuff, but Ginger’s well known for having many arrows in his quiver, and his way with a good tune can be turned to practically any genre.
Ghost In The Tanglewood is out through Graphite Records on 2 March and you can pre-order it here.
As previously announced, Ginger will be hosting the first ever Vive Le Rock Awards at the O2 Academy, Islington, London on Wednesday 28 March.
Tickets, including a special VIP package, are available here.
Australian guitarist SUZIE STAPLETON has a new single out this week, and she’s premiering the video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
Described by the Melbourne musician as “an isolated protest in an oversaturated world where the powerful feed on the powerless,” ‘Negative Prophet’ was recorded and produced by Stapleton with the help of guest bassist Fred Lyenn Jacques of MARK LANEGAN’s band.
Set for release on Thursday 22 February, the single will be available as a FREE download from www.suziestapleton.com.
Since relocating to the UK in 2015, the Melbourne musician’s been working hard making a name for herself, sharing stages with Lanegan, MICK HARVEY and JIM JONES & THE RIGHTEOUS MIND, as well as appearing at Camden Rocks.
Currently touring Australia, she plats dates in the Czech Republic and France before returning to London for a show at The Finsbury, Manor House on 11 May. Full dates are….
1 Mar – The Junk Bar Brisbane, AUS
2 Mar – MoshPit Sydney, AUS
3 Mar – The Yarra Melbourne, AUS
10 Mar – MONA Hobart, AUS
23-24 Mar – Zizkovska Noc Festival, Prague, CZ
13 Apr – Le P’Tit Minou Brest, FR
14 Apr – Venue TBC, Nantes, FR
15 Apr – Blue Devils, Orleans, FR
11 May – The Finsbury, London, UK
THE DAMNED have unveiled a futuristic video for their new single.
‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is taken from the Tony Visconti-produced new album Evil Spirits, which is out in April through Search And Destroy/Spinefarm.
The video was directed by band frontman Dave Vanian with renowned video producer Dan Axtell.
Regarding the video’s theme, Vanian says, “The exploration and colonisation of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future. My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”
The Damned have just embarked on a UK Tour. Remaining dates are….
30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
Hungarian pirate punks PADDY AND THE RATS are premiering their new video today exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Join The Riot’ is taken from the band’s new album Riot City Outlaws due out in April through Napalm Records.
Produced by Grammy-winning producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the 15-track album has already been released in their homeland, where it hit No.1, going on to achieve Gold Record status.
Says vocalist Paddy, “The video for ‘Join The Riot’ is the first part of a trilogy. The other parts will be released in the next months. In this video we can follow the life of a pirate who had lost his faith, hope and life but finally he has to fight for it. This first one is about a pirate gang and it shows the life of on a pirateship. We tried to do it in a funny way. Do it like a burlesque.”
Set for release on 6 April, Riot City Outlaws is available to pre-order here.
The band head out on a series of European dates during the spring and summer. Catch them on the high seas at….
11.05.18 DE – Parsberg / Spectaculum Nordgavia
18.05.18 DE – Drachhausen / Spreewald Rock
29.06.18 DE – Tann (Röhn) / Rockwolf Open Air
27./28.07.18 DE – Megesheim / Der Krater Bebt
05.08.18 CH – Fehraltorf / Highlandgames
18.08.18 DE – Wuppertal / Feuertal Festival
Legendary Essex punks THE NEWTOWN NEUROTICS are the be the subject of a new documentary.
Formed in Harlow in 1979 in direct response to the draconian right-wing policies of Thatcher’s government, and casting a spotlight on the urban ennui facing the youth in newtown England, they lit a radical fire under the second wave of UK punk, fuelled by a series of rabble-rousing singles like the self-explanatory punk disco floorfiller ‘Kick Out The Tories’ and ‘Living With Unemployment’, and the classic albums Beggars Can Be Choosers and Kickstarting A Backfiring Nation.
The work of film-maker Luke Baker, Kick Out will tell the band’s story through the input of band members and other key figures, including Steve Lamacq, Phil Jupitus, Attila The Stockbroker and Billy Bragg.
Says Baker, “The aim of Kick Out is to capture the essence of the time, explore the events which molded the band’s worldview and examine their place in British music history.”
A crowdfunding page has been set up to enable Baker to complete the film and fans and wellwishers can contribute here.