STATUES VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Swedish alt.rockers STATUES are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

The pummelling, corrosive ‘The Salt’ is taken from the trio’s second album Holocene, their first for Lövely Records, which follows of from their 2018 debut Adult Lobotomy.

The single is one of over forty songs the band wrote for the new album, whittling it down to a compact thirteen for the finished article, recorded in just three hours at Sandås Silence Studio with producer Christian Ramirez.

“‘The Salt’ is about environment anxiety and the apocalypse,’ says singer/guitarist Johan Sellman. “The lyrics play around with old ways of reading the future. Prophetic birds, tea leaves, swarm flights, and reading the future in tea leaves and salt. And now there’s all of a sudden a pandemic at our doorstep. Someone told us to be careful, we didn’t listen.”

Hailing from the town of Umeå in northern Sweden, the three members of Statues have been playing alongside each other on and off since 1991, in bands such as Starmarket, KVLR, and The Vultures, until launching in the current configuration in 2018.

‘The Salt’ is released on Friday 12 June, with the album set to follow in the Autumn.

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MAID OF ACE’S LUCKY 13!

South Coast punk sisters MAID OF ACE are back with a brand new video this Friday, which they premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

To whet your appetite, we asked them to come up with 10 of their favourite tracks. Unlucky for some but lucky for us, they came up with 13! We asked them about the songs, but women of few words, they’re letting the music do the talking….

1. AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – ‘SOME MUTTS (CAN’T BE MUZZLED)’

2. BOB VYLAN – ‘WE LIVE HERE’

3. NOVA TWINS – ‘VORTEX’

4. GG ALLIN – ‘BITE IT YOU SCUM’

5. THE AVENGERS – ‘OPEN YOUR EYES’

6. THE PRODIGY – ‘FIRE STARTER’

7. THE PLASMATICS – ‘A PIG IS A PIG’

8. PUBLIC ENEMY – ‘HARDER THAN YOU THINK’

9. GIRLSCHOOL – ‘RACE WITH THE DEVIL’

9. CHRON GEN – ‘BIRDS DON’T SING’

11. THE SELECTER – ‘MISSING WORDS’

12. BETTY BLOWTORCH – ‘I’M UGLY AND I DON’T KNOWN WHY’

13. NINA HAGEN – ‘SMACK JACK’

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MILLIE MANDERS UNVEILS NEW VIDEO!

Fast-rising ska-punks MILLIE MANDERS AND THE SHUT-UP have unveiled a video for their new single, which they’re premiering today with Vive Le Rock!

‘Your Story’ is the second single to be taken from the London and Norwich band’s eagerly anticipated debut album Telling Truth, Breaking Lies which is due out on 23 October.

“’Your Story’ was inspired by a short, intense relationship where I was, unfortunately, a rebound,” says Millie about the song. “Having been very guarded, it took me a long time to allow this person in. They said all the right things, and I fell. That was when they decided they had ‘said it all too early’. Watching their ‘stories’ on social media and wishing I was still part of them inspired the chorus, the first part of the song to be written.”

‘Your Story’ available now on Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Telling Truth, Breaking Lies is available to pre-order here.

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SYNTHETIC ENGINEERING!

London punks GIRLS IN SYNTHESIS have unveiled a new video from their forthcoming debut album.

The caustic, cathartic ‘The Images Agree’ is taken from Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future, which follows on from last year’s singles comp Pre/Post: A Collection 2016-2018.

The new album had originally been scheduled for release in May, but with the onset of the Covid-19 lockdown, the band decided to delay the release until 28 August through Harbinger Sound, the label that brought us Sleaford Mods.

“Media manipulation has become an art and a tool for people with the wrong intentions to control or mislead the public,” explains vocalist and bassist John about the single. “As this becomes more and more acceptable (or undetectable…) it’s important to question and not blindly accept. As we have seen with the government’s recent lack of clarity and transparency during the current pandemic, a headswim of confusion is created to stop people seeking the truth, no matter how despairing it may be.”

The band have also lined up a series of live shows for October. Assuming we’re allowed to go to gigs by then, you can catch them at…

Thurs 15 Oct – Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
Fri 16 Oct – Nottingham, Chameleon Arts Cafe
Sat 17 Oct – Manchester, The Talleyrand
Fri 23 Oct – London, Shacklewell Arms
Sat 24 Oct – Northampton, The Lab

Pre-order Now Here’s An Echo From Your Future here.

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THE CHEATS VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Pittsburgh rock’n’rollers THE CHEATS are back with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘It’s alright is the first single to be taken from the band’s fifth album Cussin, Crying N’ Carrying On, which is due for release on 31 July through Screaming Crow Records.

Specialising in no-frills, no bullshit punk rock, The Cheats were founded in 2001 by Todd Porter aka Todd Cheat – former frontman of Silver Tongued Devil and Eviction, and through a series of line-ups have been tearing up the world’s beer-joints ever since, mixing raucous originals with a handful of shoutalong covers from the likes of Cheap Trick and Blondie.

The album’s available to pre-order here.

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PRIMATE EMERGENCY!

Geordie pop-punks MONKEY MIND are back with a lockdown video for new single ‘Get Rid Ov Him’.

Formed in Newcastle in 2018, this supergroup of sorts comprises singer and guitarist Lee Wright from Crashed Out, bassist Michael Olga from The Toy Dolls and drummer Michael Paynton from The Panic Report. They’re currently in the process of recording their debut album.

The band’s third single, ‘Get Rid Ov Him’ is available now from Bandcamp and all the usual digital platforms.

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WOLFHOUNDS AT THE DOOR!

Essex noiseniks WOLFHOUNDS are back with a brand new single and new album to follow.

‘Can’t See The Light’ is the first single to be taken from the album Electric Music, the Romford band’s seventh album which follows on from 2017’s Untied Kingdom (…Or How to Come to Terms with Your Culture).

“Musically, ‘Can’t See The Light’ has a discordant guitar line – perhaps carrying echoes of John Barry’s The Persuaders theme – until it reaches a desperate crescendo; this feeling is captured brilliantly by David Janes’ claustrophobic and darkly psychedelic video,” says Wolfhounds’ frontman David Callahan. “All tunnels eventually emerge into the sun (as David Janes’ accompanying paranoid and sick-a-delic video shows) but while you’re underground it can seem like darkness is perpetual and inevitable.”

Electric Music was recorded, engineered and mixed at Cosmic Audio, Epping by Collapsed Lung’s Ant Chapman and features sleevenotes by Stewart Lee.

Forming as teenagers in 1984, the Wolfhounds released four albums and toured extensively with the likes of My Bloody Valentine and The Wedding Present before splitting in 1990. An influence on bands from Nirvana and Manic Street Preachers to Fontaines DC, the band reformed in 2006, eventually delivering new material in the shape of the Middle Aged Freaks album in 2014.

Electric Music is released through A Turntable Friend Records on 3 July. It’s available to pre-order here.

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LOOK BACK IN ANGERS!

French post-punks LANE are back with their second long-player.

Pictures Of A Century represents a relatively speedy return for the band from Angers in western France, following on from the release of the acclaimed full-length debut A Shiny Day a little over a year ago.

The album was recorded on a vintage EMI desk at Véga studio in Carpentras near Avignon in the south of France with producer/engineer Michel Toledo (Soledad Brothers, King Khan Experience).

An acronym for Love And Noise Experiment, LANE emerged from the ashes of legendary punks LES THUGS – who released several albums on such labels as Vinyl Solution, Alternative Tentacles and SubPop during the 80s and 90s – and fellow Angers band DARIA. They released their debut four-track EP Teaching Not To Pray in 2018.

Check out the first single ‘Voices’…

Pictures Of A Century is out on 19 June through Vicious Circle on CD, double-vinyl and very limited double orange vinyl and can be pre-ordered here.

LANE play La Maroquinerie, Paris on 7 November with more dates to follow.

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ILLUMINATION FOR THE NATION!

Undeterred by lockdown, Scottish garage punks REACTION have used the time productively by making a video for lead track from their forthcoming EP.

‘Illuminate’ is taken from The La Chunky Sessions, recorded at Glasgow’s famed La Chunky studios with THRUM guitarist Johnny Smillie in the producer’s chair.

The EP represents the first set of songs to feature trumpet player and co-vocalist Jen Hart who has been with the band since last year. The video was produced by Deano McInnes and the band recorded their parts in seclusion on camera phones.

Having set out to record a third album to build on the critical acclaim of 2017’s debut Accelerator and last year’s sparkling follow-up Keep It Weird, Keep It Wired, the current Covid-19 situation left the band unable to record any further songs so the band chose to issue the existing tracks as an EP.

The La Chunky Sessions is available for pre-order now from NYC’s Tarbeach Records.

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WONK UNIT VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

Everybody’s favourite DIY punks WONK UNIT are celebrating summer with a brand new video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

‘Summertime’ b/w ‘You’re Sick’ is being released as a digital or signed and numbered limited edition 7″ single on 29 May. It’s available to pre-order here.

The video is once again the work of renowned filmmaker Mark Richards.

“We all love sex, that’s why sex sells,” reasons keyboard-player Vez. “Sexiness is something to be celebrated and enjoyed. Lines start to get a bit blurred in music though when we begin to consider ‘female fronted’ as a genre, and the responses to the existence of women in the scene. This is something we’d discussed a lot as a band, and it can sometimes seem like the very presence of a woman in a band causes people to sexualise, regardless of whether sexiness was an intention. ‘Summertime’ was written as a tongue-in-cheek comment on this, as it is something probably all women in bands have experienced to some degree, and I’ve definitely felt it myself. It’s awesome and fun to own your sexuality and use it as power, as long as it’s on your terms. I like to think that’s what ‘Summertime’ is really about.

“We had an urge to put out something sexy with a big beat, something that would simultaneously work at a club but also as a punk song. ‘Summertime’ is supposed to be a sexy song whilst also being an observation of the way sexiness is harnessed in music.”

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RICHARD DAVIES VIDEO PREMIERE!

Despite being locked-down, Oxford rockers RICHARD DAVIES & THE DISSIDENTS have come up with a great video for their debut single, and they’re premiering it exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

’21st Century Man’ is taken from Davies and co’s first solo album Human Traffic, which is being released through Bucketfull Of Brains Records via Proper Music on 12 June.

“’21st Century Man’ is about confronting change,” says Davies. “It’s a song about how the eras in our lives fold into each other and how we relate to the modern world – might as well get blazed!”

Formerly guitarist with Camden indie rockers Tiny Monroe and alt-country poster boys The Snakes, not to mention stints with Peter Perrett and Glen Matlock, Davies recorded the album over two-and-half years with The Dissidents, who feature Last Great Dreamers bassist Tim Emery, ex-Mega City Four drummer Chris Cannon, guitarist Nick Beere and keyboardist Neil Scully in their ranks.

The band, who’ve been described as the meeting-point between Johnny Thunders and Tom Petty, were due to be playing their first gigs round about now, but COVID-19 put paid to that. Plans are afoot, however, to get the band on the road as soon as possible.

’21st Century Man’ will be released digitally on Friday 22 May and will be available on Spotify and all the usual platforms.

Human Traffic is available to pre-order here.

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BLUE PASSPORTS MATE!

Still railing against the nation from a state of lockdown, Kent punks RISKEE & THE RIDICULE have unveiled a lyric video for their Brexit-challenging new single.

‘Blue Jacket’ is the Ashford quartet’s darkly humorous observation on the UK’s decision to exit the European Union.

“We hate Brexit,” states frontman Scott Picking. “Musically it’s most likely going to cripple UK DIY touring bands on the mainland. Not only that, but with the way the world is so affected right now by COVID-19, we need unity more than ever. Nobody had a clue what they were voting for and people are still none the wiser and all divided.”

The band had a breakthrough year last year, appearing at the Rebellion and Boomtown festivals and releasing their third album and critically acclaimed debut for Bomber Music, Body Bag Your Scene.

‘Blue Jacket’ is available now from Spotify and all the usual digital platforms.

Buy Body Bag Your Scene here.

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BAR STOOL PREACHERS ISSUE CHARITY SINGLE!

BAR STOOL PREACHERS have unveiled a video for their new charity single, providing a snapshot of Britain in lockdown.

The very real images of a deserted London and Brighton look more like scenes from a dystopian disaster movie than what we’re usually used to.

The single ‘State Of Emergency’ c/w ‘When This World Ends’ features two songs which were originally intended for the band’s forthcoming album, with the lyrics rewritten to suit the situation.

The single is FREE to download from the band’s website, with a portion of any donations and money from merch sales going to NHS Charities Together to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients.

The Bar Stool Preachers are also just one of more than 30 acts appearing at our online festival Vive Le Rockdown this Saturday 23 May from 7pm BST, alongside the likes of RUTS DC, NEWTOWN NEUROTICS, COCKNEY REJECTS, THE PROFESSIONALS, T.V. SMITH, CHARLIE HARPER, MICHAEL MONROE, GLEN MATLOCK, KIRK BRANDON, BOOZE & GLORY, THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE and many more…

Full details can be found at the Facebook event.

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BUSTER SHUFFLE ISSUE CHARITY SINGLE

London ska-punks BUSTER SHUFFLE have announced a new single Unsung Heroes to benefit the World Health Organisation.

The AA-side comprises the songs ‘You Spoke Louder Everyday’ c/w ‘Young But Strong Like No Other’ and features guest appearances from some of the band’s friends including members of Flogging Molly, Mad Caddies, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Hepcat, Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Talco, The Infidels, Toy Dolls and Rhoda Dakar.

“Whilst on lockdown at home, I kept thinking there must be something we can do,” says band frontman Jet Baker. “Both my sisters work for the NHS on the frontline, so I needed to do something to help. I decided to reach out to all the great bands and musicians that we’ve toured with over the years to see if they could lend a hand. When they all started confirming, I knew we had something special on our hands and so we all got to work, recording our parts in isolation.

“The songs are about two brave people who, in their time, faced extreme danger and huge challenges to make changes in the world for others: Iqbal Masih and Ruby Bridges.

“Iqbal Masih was sold into slavery by his parents at 4-years-old to the owner of a carpet factory. After many years of forced labour he eventually escaped. He then decided to help over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in ‘bonded labour’ to escape to freedom and made speeches about child slavery throughout the world.

“Ruby Bridges was the first African-American student to integrate into an elementary school in the South of America. Ruby and her mother were escorted to school by four federal marshals every day that year. Undeterred, she didn’t miss a single day of school, despite all the abuse and the physical threats that she received.”

Check out the video for ‘You Spoke Louder Every Day’…

Set for release on 15 July, you can pre-order Unsung Heroes here.

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MC16 VIDEO EXCLUSIVE!

One of the hottest new bands on our radar, MC16 are back with an incendiary new lyric video which they’re premiering exclusively with Vive Le Rock!

Recorded in Worcestershire and produced by Dave Draper (The Wildhearts, The Professionals) ‘Brave New World’ is the follow-up to their Outvoted By Robots EP and armed forces mental health charity single ‘Sleeping On Cardboard’.

“The song is about words being more powerful than weapons in this current world,” says frontman Carson. “Someone says the wrong thing on Twitter and everyone is outraged… for days. Meanwhile some kid will get stabbed and those same people will be shocked, but will they be outraged? Will they ring their MP or the Police Commissioner to demand something is done about knife crime. No, because they are too busy being outraged on Twitter and hoping the person who said the wrong thing gets their comeuppance.

“Would I have got bullied at school if I had pretended my Dad was in the SAS. I can go online now and pretend to be whoever I want to be. My words have the power to create a new world for me to fake live in with all the other fakes.

“In this current crisis, when the first couple of thousand people died of the virus we were all shocked but now 600-800 people are dying every day and it’s just water off a duck’s back because Z-list celebrities are too busy making this crisis all about them and needing sympathy for being in lockdown and not asking for sympathy for the dead. Maybe some good will come out of it… Z-listers can’t get their botox done every month so their faces might become real again.”

‘Brave New World’ is available now via the band’s Bandcamp.

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NICK MARSH’S FINAL ALBUM UNVEILED…

Former FLESH FOR LULU frontman Nick Marsh is to have a posthumous album released next month, and a new video has just been unveiled.

Nick would find international success with Flesh For Lulu, and later as the guitarist with THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE, before sadly passing away with cancer in 2015. Paul-Ronney Angel takes up the story…

On a rainy night just before the recent lockdown, friends and family of Nick got together at Nambucca Bar in north London, one of his favourite haunts. By the time the night was over they’d filmed this eye-popping, playful video for the track ‘Crazy Eyes’, taken from his forthcoming posthumous album ‘Waltzing Bones’.

A skeleton stands in for Nick in the video, playing his trademark 1962 Fender Jazzmaster, rocking onstage and backed by a colourful array of performers.

Among them are his ten year old daughter Rosa Marsh and Rosa’s mother Katharine Blake (Mediaeval Baebes, Miranda Sex Garden), who produced and finished the album for him last year.

The video also features Paul-Ronney Angel (The Urban Voodoo Machine), Nick Reynolds (son of the great train robber Bruce Reynolds and harmonica player of Alabama 3), Ray Hanson and Jim Jones (Thee Hypnotics), David Ryder Prangley (Rachel Stamp), Tomi Rae Brown (James Brown’s widow – the last book Nick was reading was a James Brown biography), David Arnoff (legendary rock photographer), Suri Sumatra (renowned burlesque performer), along with a cast of many other shady and talented characters of the London nightlife scene – all dear friends of Nick.

The video was as fun to make as it is to watch, and the evening turned out to be a fine little celebration of the life of an extraordinarily talented musician and much loved and missed man. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Set for release on 21 June, Waltzing Bones is available to pre-order here.

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GUERILLA GOT ME!

Leading French DIY punks GUERILLA POUBELLE have just unveiled a brand new video.

‘Le Casse Du Siecle’ is taken from the Paris band’s latest album L’Ennui, which was recorded between gigs in Montreal and comes two years after their previous album La Nausée.

The video was shot at hometown gig at La Maroquinerie back in January by Chuck Lizewski and Sophie Rose.

You can buy L’Ennui here.

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PUSHING TIN!

Crap-happy Aussie punks SHIT TINNIES have just unveiled a brand new single and video.

Although based in Sydney, they are in fact a multinational arrangement, featuring a Brit, a Kiwi, a Serb and a Canadian and infuse their high-energy old-school punk with elements of ska, hip-hop and all points in between.

New single ‘Town’ is the first taste of the band’s second EP for Golden Robot Records’ punk imprint Riot Records, and follows on from last year’s self-titled debut EP.

‘Town’ is available digitally here.

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