Last Great Dreamers have already played a full UK tour and their first ever Spanish dates this year, and have lined up even more shows, including three gigs with former Georgia Satellite DAN BAIRD, their first ever Norwegian shows and an appearance at Bearded Theory Festival in Derbyshire. Full dates are….
Wed 23rd May – EVESHAM The Iron Road (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 25th May – BEARDED THEORY, Derbyshire
Sat 26th May – BREAKING BANDS, Bromsgrove
Thu 14th June – DERBY Flower Pot (w/Dan Baird Homemade Sin)
Fri 15th June – KEIGHLEY Octagon Live (w/Dan Baird & Homemade Sin)
Fri 6th July – OSLO Olsen (NORWAY)
Sat 7th July – LILLEHAMMER Classic Rock Festival (NORWAY)
Sat 28th July – CAMBRIDGE Rock Festival
Fri 10th August – MANCHESTER Eagle
Sat 11th August – NOTTINGHAM Salutation
Former STOOGES guitarist JAMES WILLIAMSON has released a video by his new band THE PINK HEARTS.
‘Riot On The Strip’ is taken from the band’s debut album Behind The Shade, which is set for release next month through Leopard Lady Records.
The track features Williamson’s unmistakable guitar, fronted by the band’s singers Frank Meyer (of The Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs) and Petra Haden, daughter of legendary bass-player Charlie Haden.
With all tracks co-written by Williamson, aside from a cover of Alejandro Escovedo’s ‘I Died A Little Today’, it represents the guitarist’s first album of new material since the last Stooges album Ready To Die from 2013, on which Haden played violin.
Set for release on 22 June, Behind The Shade is available to pre-order here.
BIG BOY BLOATER & THE LIMITS have another new video, which they’re launching exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Friday Night’s Alright For Drinking’ is the second video to be taken from their new album Pills, which is set for release on 15 June on Provogue/Mascot Label GroupMascot Records. It’s available to pre-order here.
Speaking about the track, Bloater says, “Every single line in this song refers to something that’s happened to me where I live, so this is a very personal song. With the video I wanted to get the idea across of rising above what’s going on around you and not getting drawn in. And of course, given the chance I don’t mind a small tipple and a good bit of music on a Friday night!”
The band have lined up a tour in support of the album. Catch them on the road at…
Thurs 6th Sept – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze
Fri 7th Sept – NEWCASTLE, The Cumberland Arms
Sat 8th Sept – GLASGOW, Stereo
Sun 9th Sept – PRESTON, The Continental
Thurs 13th Sept – BIDEFORD, The Palladium Club
Weds 19th Sept – LONDON, The Black Heart
Thurs 20th Sept – BRISTOL, Mr Wolf’s
Fri 21st Sept – ALDERSHOT, West End Centre
Weds 26th Sept – SHREWSBURY, Albert’s Shed
Thurs 27th Sept – CHELTENHAM, The Frog and Fiddle
Fri 5th Oct – NORWICH, B2 Venue
Sat 6th Oct – LOUTH, Hoochie Coochie Club
L.A. ska-punks THE INTERRUPTERS return with a first video from their new album.
‘She’s Kerosene’ is taken from Fight The Good Fight, the band’s third album, which is out through Hellcat on 29 June.
The follow-up to 2015’s Say It Out Loud, Fight The Good Fight was produced by longtime collaborator, Rancid frontman, and Grammy Award-winning producer Tim Armstrong with the band at Ship-Rec Recorders in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by another Grammy winner, Tom Lord-Alge (Blink-182, Fall Out Boy, Weezer).
The track ‘She’s Kerosene’ reflects on breaking free from narcissistic abuse. Says frotnwoman Aimee, “I really hope when people listen to that song, it helps them feel empowered to leave a toxic relationship.”
The Interrupters are performing at the Punk in Drublic festivals across the US. On July 14, the band will join the final run of the US Vans Warped Tour.
Fight The Good Fight is available to pre-order here.
East Anglian singer, songwriter and producer ED SYKES has his debut single released this summer.
Summoning the glam rock’n’roll 70s spirit of Bowie, Mott and the Stones, ‘Whiplashed’ includes a guest contribution from The Pretty Things’ Jon Povey, while a cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on th b-side features Bowie’s longtime pianist Mike Garson.
Speaking about the single, Sykes says, “Its early ‘70s vibe captures the time that I was born into and the sounds that formed the bones of my musicality. This is essentially my ‘Get It On’ or ‘Rebel Rebel’. I wanted it to sound like a great little timeless Rock and Roll number that you feel you already know somehow. I want to remind people how great pop can be and to show people the standard that I aspire to. For me great pop and rock and roll should be instant, you have no intellectual choice you are either in or out. The sound of it, how it hits you, you know you instinctively love it so it’s not a choice. That’s what I’m about.”
Hailing from the Suffolk market town of Bury St Edmunds, Sykes was until recently a member of noted Colchester band So-Called Humans, but has been a visible figure on the local scene for many years, coming to the attention of Suffolk pop icon, John Peel, who played Ed’s tracks on his radio show.
Citing among his influences the likes of Bowie, Bolan, Hawkwind, Wire, Gary Numan, King Tubby and The Jesus & Mary Chain, most recently Sykes was recruited to produce the latest album by former Pretty Things and Pink Fairies drummer Twink, who says, “Ed Sykes has proven to me what an incredible talent he is. He guided me towards the light of the late ‘60s while producing my album Think Pink III. I hope Ed’s new single is a smash. He deserves it.”
‘Whiplashed’ is out through the brilliantly-named Maniac Squat Records on 8 June.
Italian powerpoppers FAZ WALTZ have just released a video for their new single, ‘Julie’.
The single is taken from the band’s sixth album Double Decker which is out now through Contra Records. It’s available to buy now from their website.
Hailing from Cantù near Lake Como, the trio have been around over a decade and favour the same 70s bootboy beats as their Roman colleagues GIUDA.
Faz Waltz are just one of the bands appearing at the Vive Le Rock/Some Weird Sin Powerpop Weekender at The Finsbury, London on 28/29 July.
Also appearing over the weekend are headliners THE BARRACUDAS and DIRTY FENCES, plus LOS PEPES, BABY SHAKES, PROTEX, ROLE MODELS, TV CRIME, LUCY & THE RATS, RANDY SAVAGES, MORE KICKS and THE SPEEDWAYS.
Rejuvenated Massachussetts garage-psych explorers THE PREFAB MESSIAHS have unveiled a new video for the appropriately-titled track ‘Monster Riff’ from their acclaimed comeback album Psychspolitation …Today!
The band’s Senior Acting Spokesperson, Xerox Feinberg gets on the case….
“Way back in the day, a couple members of The Prefabs lived in a crappy off-campus apartment shared by a spoiled metalhead teenager sporting a giant mullet, a padlocked room full of virgin vinyl, and a massive drum set he couldn’t keep a beat on. This kid (just a few years younger than us) had nothing but contempt for our early attempts at garage-rock-pop-psych-revivalism. I traded him Alice Cooper’s Love It To Death for a battered copy of Revolver and never looked back… until now. ‘MONSTER RIFF’ is a long-delayed homage to this crazed roomie and the kind of music I spent decades snobbishly avoiding. There’s some giant guitar riffs (IMHO), bassist Trip Thompson channels a demonic Axl Rose, and somehow The Flamin’ Groovies sorta get in there too. The exquisitely animated video ties it all together with a fairly senseless melange of B-movie monsters and alternative reality Saturday morning cartoons.”
Originally existing on the Boston club scene from 1981 to ’83, The Prefab Messiahs spent the following three decades as just a memory until a Burger Records reissue of a CD-R compilation prompted renewed interest. An 8-song mini-album – Keep Your Stupid Dreams Alive – in 2015 was followed earlier this year by Psychsploitation …Today!, a full-length album of all-new material.
Psychsploitation …Today! is out now through Lolipop/Burger Records. You can buy it here.
Strike a light! Cockney-ska roustabouts BUSTER SHUFFLE are back with a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘We Fall To Pieces’ is taken from their rambunctious fourth album I’ll Take What I Want which was released through Burning Heart Records last November.
After cruising in the Bahamas with FLOGGING MOLLY, the band have dates in Germany before accompanying THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES around the US, save for a couple of UK shows as guests of MAD CADDIES. Full dates are….
18.04 – Will’s Pub, Orlando, FL – USA
20-23.04 – Flogging Molly’s Salty Dog Cruise, Miami, FL, USA to Bahamas
27.04 – Mephisto, Hannover – Germany
28.04 – Monkey’s Club, Hamburg – Germany
30.04 – Bi Nuu, Berlin – Germany
16-28.05 – Punk Rock Bowling, Las Vegas, NV – USA
26.06 – Ace Of Spades, Sacramento, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
27.06 – The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
30.06 – House Of Blues, San Diego, CA – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
03.07 – The Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
05.07 – Scoot Inn, Austin, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
06.07 – House Of Blues, Houston, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
07.07 – House Of Blues, Dallas, TX – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
31.07 – O2 Academy, Newcastle – UK (with Mad Caddies)
01.08 – O2 Institute 2, Birmingham – UK (with Mad Caddies)
18.08 – Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ONT – Canada (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
19.08 – Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
21.08 – The Vogue, Miniapolis, IN – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
22.08 – House Of Blues, Chicago, IL – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
23.08 – House Of Blues, Cleveland, OH – USA (with The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
Award-winning street-punks BOOZE & GLORY have a new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘The Time Is Now’ is lifted from the band’s acclaimed album Chapter IV, their debut for Burning Heart Records, released in March last year.
Produced by Jaka Curlic (JZA CREW / PunkRock Holiday), the video was shot on tour at the end of last year and is the last to feature departed guitarist Liam.
The band recently walked away with the New Blood Award at the inaugural Vive Le Rock Awards held at the O2 Academy in London.
Having already clocked up over 100 shows worldwide since the release of Chapter IV, they now head off on a tour of the USA and Canada, briefly returning to Europe before heading for Australia. Full dates are…
19.04 – Reggies Rock Club – Chicago, IL, USA
20.04 – Sanctuary – Detroit, MI, USA
21.04 – Hard Luck – Toronto, Ont, Canada
22.04 – Coop Katacombes, Montreal, Canada
24.04 – Fuze Box, Albany, NY, USA
25.04 – Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia, PA
26.04 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ, USA
28.04 – Hard Core Stadium, Cambridge, MA, USA
29.04 – Dover Brickhouse – Dover, DE, USA
02.06 – Paddy Fest, Aerzen – Germany
15,06 – Vaudeville, Lindau (Bodensee) – Germany
16.06 – With Full Force Fest, Grafenhainichen – Germany
30.06 – Ultra Chaos Picnic Fest, Zelebsko – Poland
06.07 – Duycker, Hoofdorp – Netherlands
07-08.07 – Ruhpott Rodeo Fest. Bottrop – Germany
15.07 – Mighty Sounds Fest Tabor – Czech Republic
04.08 – Pol’And’Rock Fest, Kostrzyn – Poland
05.08 – Xtreme Fest, Albi – France
09.08 – Endless Summer Fest, Torgau – Germany
24.08 – Reload Festival, Sulingen – Germany
30.08 – Spirit Fest, Niedergorsdorf – Germany
01.09 – Tattoo Convention, Augsburg – Germany
20.09 – Crown And Anchor, Adelaide – Australia
21.09 – Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne – Australia
22.09 – Transit Bar, Canberra – Australia
23.09 – Valve Bar, Sydney – Australia
25.09 – Rad Bar, Wollongong – Australia
26.09 – Hamilton Station Bar, Newcastle – Australia
28.09 – Crowbar, Brisbane – Australia
L.A. powerpoppers SMASH FASHION return with a new single and they’re premiering the brilliant new video exclusively with Vive Le Rock!
‘Runs In The Family’ is the first single to be taken from the band’s fourth album Rompus Pompous which is out this month and follows on from 2014’s acclaimed debut Big Cat Love.
Blending glam, psych, powerpop and punk, Smash Fashion have been tearing up stages with the likes of Ian Hunter, Psychedelic Furs, Cheap Trick and Silversun Pickups for a few years. On the strength of this swaggering street-shakin’ party-starter, it looks like the new album will be a real gamechanger for the band.
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)