Disco Inferno’s influential debut album ‘In Debt’ to be re-released

Rocket Girl presents:

Disco Inferno

In Debt Re-Issue                                                                                                                                                  

LABEL:              Rocket Girl CAT NO:           rgirl114

FORMAT:           CD / 2 x LP, RELEASE DATE: 5th May 2017

Originally released in 1992 by Che Records, Disco Inferno’s debut album ‘In Debt’ is to be made available as a double limited edition vinyl LP and single cd package including one previously unreleased track and with new artwork and sleeve notes by 90’s music zeitgeist legend Neil Kulkarni on May 5th 2017.

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Almost entirely out on their own, out of step with the times, Disco Inferno were widely ignored and underappreciated during their (pre-internet) existence. Remaining largely unknown beyond a small but slowly expanding cult of devotees, they were probably the most ambitious and isolated band of the ’90s. Over a six-year span (1989-95) they were also quite simply, jaw-droppingly great – a virtually peerless group mining a steady stream of uncompromising, pioneering recordings. One of the first wave of ‘post-rock’ acts (and perhaps it’s ultimate example), they combined avant-garde aesthetics with a basis in solid pop hooks, credibly depicting suburban alienation and national decay through embittered, intelligent lyrics.

Whilst it’s now almost second nature for a band to incorporate digital technology into their armoury, you’d struggle to find anyone who went anything like as far as Disco Inferno. In 1992, they took the quantum leap from their modest beginnings to totally rewire themselves and become the most radical, forward-thinking guitar band on the planet, with a revolutionary sample-based approach that was simply years ahead of the curve. Whilst numerous acts were making use of the sampler and MIDI technology, no other band integrated it so thoroughly into the process. DI didn’t simply tack on a dance beat or spice things up with the addition of a few novel sonics or quirky quotations. The technology was hard-wired into the very heart of their music. Veering between the deeply challenging and the downright catchy, they continually attempted to push themselves forwards, resulting in two unrivalled albums and a dazzling collection of EPs that consistently redefined the boundaries.

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Regardless of the injustices of history, Disco Inferno were without doubt a trailblazing, unique, utterly important band. With huge ambition and integrity, they rejected the easy routes and rewards. Setting themselves directly against the stylistic regression and rabble-rousing bluster dominating Britpop and grunge, against the bland facelessness of so much of the dance / electronic scene, Disco Inferno ought to have been widely championed as an antidote, a vital blast of nonconformist bravery and brilliance. In reality they received very little coverage. Buried away for way too long, their recorded legacy continues to offer revelations to the open-eared and actively inquisitive. Whilst it may have been their curse to have been overlooked throughout and long past their short existence, the chances of some overdue recognition rescuing them from the limbo of obscurity have nonetheless recently risen. Certainly more popular now than they were during their creative peak, you might detect either direct influence or certain similarities in the likes of MGMT, The Third Eye Foundation, Hood, Epic45, Piano Magic, Deerhunter (particularly offshoot projects, Lotus Plaza and Atlas Sound), Matmos, Animal Collective, Black Dice, The Avalanches, The Books, Battles, and No Age. But no-one has really come close to replicating their awesome output and utterly singular aesthetic. Whilst digital music technology has evolved dramatically, becoming smaller, faster, cheaper, and consequently far more widespread, Disco Inferno’s inspired approach and consequent sound seems unlikely to ever be reproduced without seriously compromising its futurist spirit. Littered as pop history is with unsung heroes and buried brilliance, few bands are so deserving of such recovery as Disco Inferno.
The whole is much greater than the sum of its parts… one of the most creative uses of sampling I’ve ever heard. It sounds like the future. I’m still figuring out just how cool they are.” Ben Goldwasser, MGMT quoted in Q Magazine, January 2011

An unimpeachably brilliant treasure” ****Stephen Worthy, Mojo

Even now sound bewilderingly, excitingly innovative” ****Wyndham Wallace, Uncut

“Still sounds timeless and fresh” The Wire

Track-listing;

 

  1. Entertainment
  2. Arc In Round
  3. Broken
  4. In The Cold (Previously unreleased)
  5. Emigre
  6. Interference
  7. Leisuretime
  8. Set Sail
  9. Hope To God
  10. Freethought
  11. Bleed Clean
  12. Next In Line
  13. Incentives
  14. Waking Up
  15. Glancing Away
  16. Fallen Down The Wire
  17. No Edge, No End

 

 
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Dream Nails – “a political push that’ll send any audience member reeling”

About Dream Nails

Dream Nails was formed in the summer of 2015 by four “feminist punk witches” from London. Described as “a political push that’ll send any audience member reeling” by Dazed & Confused, the riot grrrl band released their debut EP ‘DIY’ in 2016 and have since headlined Glastonbury festival’s first women-only stage, been featured in Vice, played on BBC London and BBC 6 Music and toured in Europe.

The band, whose riotous shows enjoy “semi-legendary status on the London gig circuit”, recently premiered their first music video for Deep Heat (a hex on Donald Trump and all misogynistic politicians) on NYLON.


Feminist punk witches Dream Nails released a hex on Donald Trump ahead of the U.S. election in their music video from director Jade Jackman.

Great article about this video here
http://www.nylon.com/articles/dream-nails-hex-donald-trump

https://dreamnails.bandcamp.com/

IDLES release cathartic video for “Mother”

Passionate, furious and darkly comedic, IDLES’ debut album was described perfectly by Uncut as: “a rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime.”

“Brutalism” is out March 10th, and tour starting in two weeks, 6 of those dates have already sold out.

IDLES release cathartic video for “Mother”  “Mother” out now

“Mother” out now

Debut Album “Brutalism” out March 10th

PRE-ORDER

25 date “Brutalism” headline tour announced for March / April

Announced as support to The Maccabees on all three Alexandra Palace shows in June

Added to Reading (Friday 25th August) and Leeds (Saturday 26th August) Festival today

Watch Spotify viral no.1 “Well Done” HERE

 

PRAISE FOR IDLES

IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenalin pumping“.
Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music

IDLES stand alone
CRACK

Blunt and to the point…(Well Done) is a visceral anthem that’s timed weirdly well for 2016’s madness
New Music Of The Day – NME

Politically charged and furious…bruising, lacerating.”
The Line Of Best Fit

Wilder than a very wild thing marked wild in the wild shop in the middle of the wild wild wood. An IDLES live show is not quite like anything that you have ever seen or heard. Its got all the ingredients taken from rock n roll’s rich history but the synthesis is entirely their own. The wild men of Bristol“.
Tom Robinson BBC6 music

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES are picking up a lot of attention recently – for all the right reasons. Announced by Reading and Leeds last night, they’ve also been handpicked by The Maccabees to support on their London farewell shows and today they have debuted the china-smashing treat that is the video to “Mother” at Loud & Quiet (read article HERE).

They have also announced that they will be embarking on the massive 25 date ‘Brutalism UK Tour’ in March/April 2017. Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other.

The release late last year of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play, brought them to the forefront of ones to watch.

Their much anticipated debut album Brutalism out 10th March.

Full tour dates below:

March 2017
Monday 6th – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 8th – Bristol – The Fleece
Thursday 9th – Colchester – Arts Centre
Friday 10th – London – Moth Club
Sunday 12th – Southampton – The Notes Café
Tuesday 14th – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
Wednesday 15th – Guildford – Boileroom
Thursday 16th – Brighton – The Prince Albert
Friday 17th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Saturday 18th – Bedford – Esquires
Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon
Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April 2017
Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR SUBTERRANEAN: A NEW CAMBRIDGE INDOOR ROCK AND INDIE FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

LINE-UP ANNOUNCED FOR SUBTERRANEAN: A NEW INDOOR ROCK AND INDIE FESTIVAL IN SEPTEMBER

The line-up for the first ever Subterranean Festival, a brand new indie and rock festival in the heart of Cambridge which takes place on Saturday 23 September, has just been announced.

Headlining the Underworld stage are Scottish three-piece rock band The Amorettes who will be bringing their distinctive style to the Festival.  Since they exploded onto the music scene with the release of their album Game On, they have toured extensively, garnering huge critical and popular acclaim and will be on tour this spring as official support to Black Star Riders.

Indie band PINS will be headlining the Labyrinth stage. Their ‘tightly-honed melodies’ and ‘performances filled with energy and drama’ (Guardian) have won them legions of fans and praise from critics. They have released two albums to date (Girls like Us and Wild Nights), both celebrated for their highly energetic and assured musical style. The band have worked with many famous faces, their current single, Aggrophobe, features the iconic artist Iggy Pop.

Stone Broken are the final headliners of the festival and will be appearing on the Inferno stage. Having recently toured with rock legend Glenn Hughes,  the  4-piece hard rock band  have made a name for themselves with their big rock sound with huge choruses which has seen them added to national rock radio playlists as well as the bill of this year’s Download Festival.

As well as the headliners, Subterranean also features acoustic performances from InMe lead singer Dave McPherson and rousing rock band Ducking Punches alongside some of the very best Cambridgeshire rock and indie talent from the likes of Hollowstar, Beverley Kills, Sweet Crisis, Seasons, Phoenix Calling , Mammoth Penguins, The Extons, The Baby Seals and Staycations.

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Beverley Kills

Subterranean is an all-day event, aimed at music fans of all ages. The venue will be used in a new creative way with three stages (The Inferno Stage, The Labyrinth Stage and The Underworld Stage) placed inside the venue’s main auditorium rotating to provide the very best local talent alongside some national bands from the worlds of rock and indie. The upstairs bar of the venue will become The Lair, featuring the very best in acoustic rock and indie. The event will also have festival shopping area and food.

The Festival has been co-curated by Neil Jones, Operations Director for Cambridge Live, local journalist Jude Clarke and Cambridge 105 presenter Tim Willett.

Speaking about the new Festival, Cambridge Live’s Neil Jones said: “Subterranean is aimed at all ages and offers a great line up from the worlds of indie and rock. Cambridge Live is particularly pleased to be able to offer a platform for so many of the great local bands to play the biggest venue in the city”.

Jude Clarke said: “I’m thrilled with the line-up of brilliant local talent for this first Subterranean Festival. What a great showcase of our area’s talent – and alongside some ‎pretty awesome headliners too. Roll on 23rd September!”

Tim Willett said: “It’s fantastic that Subterranean is giving local bands the opportunity to perform at one of the city’s most prestigious venues alongside exciting up and coming bands from the national scene. The atmosphere will be incredible, I can’t wait!”

Subterranean is supported by: Cambridge News, Star Radio, Cambridge 105, Millers Music and Audiolease. Official retail partner: Black Barn Records.


Subterranean – Saturday 23 September 2017 Tickets: £15.00
Available from: 01223 357851 | http://www.cornex.co.uk

Line-up

The full line-up can be found online at: https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/subterranean

Attila The Stockbroker – 35 years a punk poet – documentary and tour

Young film maker Farouq Suleiman has just produced a fantastic 16 minute mini-documentary centred around the remarkable fact that punk poet legend Attila the Stockbroker has managed to earn his living as a poet for the last 35 years 🙂  It features loads of archive footage, but is bang up to date too. You can watch it at
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAaaE8DFX7U

Attila has also finished his new book of poems, which is full of material about recent events near and far, political and personal  – Trump, Brexit, bladder cancer diagnosis – and for all these reason is titled ‘Undaunted!’  Cos he is! He describes it as “My most personal, angry and wide-ranging collection ever”. More info when it’s ready …

R*E*P*E*A*T Tribute to Attila from a few years back here
http://repeatfanzine.co.uk/archive/attila%20birthday.htm

Loads of gigs as usual, offers welcome, more coming.  Here they are.

FEBRUARY
TONIGHT!
23 SHOREHAM Duke Of-Wellington <https://http://www.facebook.com/DukeOfWellingtonShoreham/>   with Barnstormer
http://www.dukeofwellingtonbrewhouse.co.uk/

MARCH

Tour of Holland and Germany with my band Barnstormer supported by Steve Drewett (Newtown Neurotics) playing solo
1 GRONINGEN Vera Groningen <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vera-Groningen/385796691492138>  http://www.vera-groningen.nl/agenda/mainstage/attila-stockbrokers-barnstormer-steve-drewett
2 AMSTERDAM Café Sound Garden  https://www.facebook.com/events/205927176480391/
3 HANNOVER Unabhängiges Jugendzentrum Kornstraße  https://www.facebook.com/events/433605906982522
4 KIEL Alte Meierei Kiel  https://www.facebook.com/events/252863998482870/
5 BERLIN Supamolly  https://www.facebook.com/events/375754479447930/
6 ESSEN Don’t Panic Essen   https://www.facebook.com/events/228621730912577/

17 MILTON KEYNES Bottom Club Wolverton https://www.facebook.com/events/178479079305176/
18 HUDDERSFIELD Literature Festival  http://www.thelbt.org/Poetry-Slam-0
23 WORTHING Arts Club (Labour Party fundraiser)
https://www.facebook.com/CellarArtsClub/

APRIL

8  LONDON Clash Night (celebrating the 40th anniversary of the release of the first Clash labum with a huge cast of contributors) https://www.philosophyfootball.com/77-clash-night.html
20 BRIGHTON Komedia with JC Carroll from the Members https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/music/night-edge-word/
26 BRIGHTON Build a Bonfire Night – celebrating our battle to save our football club https://www.komedia.co.uk/brighton/comedy/build-a-bonfire/
30 BARNSLEY May Day Festival Of Solidarity https://www.facebook.com/maydayfest

MAY
1 WELLINGBOROUGH May Day Festival – details TBC
5 PORTSMOUTH Kings Pub https://www.facebook.com/events/174836279672382/
7 HALESWORTH (Suffolk) The Cut http://newcut.org/
13 LONDON Camden at The Constitution Pub – Morning Star fundraiser (details TBC)
20 HADLEIGH (Suffolk) Ansell Centre https://www.hadleighfolk.org.uk/
26 MANCHESTER Strummercamp https://www.facebook.com/groups/48956373036/
27 DERBY Silk Mill Rally details TBC

JUNE
2-4 GLASTONWICK 2017 http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/beerfestival.html
10 GATE TO SOUTHWELL FOLK FEST http://southwellfolkfestival.org.uk/

JULY
8 CAERLEON Comic Verse Fest details TBC
29 SOMETHING ELSE A BIT NORTH FESTIVAL https://www.facebook.com/events/1633391113641635/

AUGUST
3 HALIFAX Victorian Craft Beer Café https://www.facebook.com/SpokenWeird/
4-6 BLACKPOOL Rebellion Festival http://www.rebellionfestivals.com/
7 SIDMOUTH Folk Festival https://sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk
16 – 28 EDINBURGH FREE FRINGE
30 – Sept 4 TOUR OF SWEDEN

SEPTEMBER
1-4  TOUR OF SWEDEN
17 BOGNOR REGIS Blakefest

OCTOBER
1 SOMETHING ELSE IN THE DEAN FEST solo and with Barnstormer
https://www.facebook.com/events/1266134060104035/
7 HAMBURG Knust with Barnstormer

Attila the Stockbroker
http://www.attilathestockbroker.com
http://www.facebook.com/attilathestockbroker
http://www.twitter.com/atilatstokbroka


New autobiography ‘Arguments Yard’, 2 poetry books, 6 CDs and new T shirt ‘most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people’ available from http://www.attilathestockbroker.com/merch.html

Jon Magnusson single “Your dreams”, a song about Struggle

My name is Jon Magnusson and I’m a songwriter/musician/producer/audio engineer from Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden. I’ve been playing and writing music for more than a decade but half a year ago I was asking myself “Do I really make some progress in my music making?” At this point the answer to that question was “no!” So with that honest auto response I finally got serious about my music making. I bought a new computer to fill my needs, stuck up on some great plugins to make my mixing-process easier and most of all, started spending hours every day (even after a long day at work) playing the guitar, recording, mixing and learning a ton of stuff.

I also realized that how great it might be sitting alone in my studio I can’t depend on self-teaching all my life. So I got in contact with a producer here in Sweden to help me improve my recordings and also a great audio engineer to help me improve my mixing skills. And in a few months I have evolved more than I done in the last 15 years.

The first result of this process is my new single “Your dreams”. It’s a song about struggle, might it be personal, relational or political. That’s up for the listener to decide. Even though I like writing different kind of music I would label this song “A catchy modern pop-tune with folk influences and rooted in late 70’s punk-scene”.

Sun Scream release debut single ‘Sun Scream’

Sun Scream – Another Band from Bury St Edmunds (Rock City) for you to go mad over…

psychedelic wonderlords” – Seymour Quigley, Horse Party guitars / vocals and Washing Machine Club Night promoter

Sun Scream, a new Psychedelic Noise Pop outfit from Bury St Edmunds, have recently released their debut single titled ‘Sun Scream’ recorded by local recording engineer George Perks (Superglu, Horse Party).

They are very excited to have released this single to great reception, and have planned  future dates in Bury St Edmunds at the Fringe festival, Brighton, London and live session for BBC Introducing.

Sun Scream have also released a video to go alongside the single, produced by The Kill Shop who have worked with the likes of the very funky Flamingods and Animal Collective to name a few.

Notes

‘Sun Scream’ was recorded at The Crypt Studio London. Video produced by Niall Trask, at The Kill…

https://www.facebook.com/sunscreamband/

The Rifles, Milburn, Carl Barat, The King Blues and more added to Camden Rocks Festival

Camden Rocks Festival – Second Announcement

Having announced The Damned, Orange Goblin and Ruts DC amongst the first acts to be confirmed for Camden Rocks Festival 2017, Sheffield’s recently reformed indie pioneers Milburn join the line-up, alongside Camden’s own Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Rifles, The King Blues, The Membranes and many more.
Following a sold-out fifth year in 2016, this year will see Camden Rocks Festival up the stakes again, set to host a staggering 250 bands and artists across 25 of Camden Town’s venues on June 3rd 2017.

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“We can’t wait to play this year’s Camden Rocks Festival, a great line up as always and right in our own back yard!” say The Rifles.
“Camden Rocks is the weekend when Camden comes as alive as it ever was and should always be. I’m always proud to be a part of it.” Carl Barat adds.

Speaking ahead of The King Blues’ appearance, frontman Itch says, “We are ridiculously excited to be playing at Camden Rocks this year. Camden was where we cut our teeth and has been a spiritual home for us. I can’t wait for this one!”

Camden Rocks 2017 will also host a special reformation from original Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook’s The Professionals, and in addition to Milburn, Carl Barat & The Jackals, The King Blues, The Rifles and The Membranes, Andy Cairns of alt-metal mainstays Therapy? will also perform an acoustic set. “I’m honoured and excited to be part of the burgeoning Camden Rocks festival this year,” Cairns says. “My previous experience of the event was amazing and I’m very much looking forward to getting stuck in to 2017’s chapter. See you there!”

Early-bird tickets for Camden Rocks Festival 2017 are now sold out. £39.50 tickets are now available from www.camdenrocksfestival.com

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Cabbage share new track ‘Gibraltar Ape’

CABBAGE
‘GIBRALTAR APE’
THE NEW SINGLE AVAILABLE NOW ON SKELETON KEY RECORDS
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“Cabbage are the real deal – and 2017 just got a lot more interesting” Evening Standard
“Cabbage might just be the most exciting live band in the UK right now” Drowned In Sound
“…the natural heirs to the Happy Mondays’ wonky crown”
Marc Riley, BBC 6Music


Cabbage have today released their new single ‘Gibraltar Ape’, available to stream and download now and impacting on March 24th. Recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by James Skelly (of The Coral) and Richard Turvey, ‘Gibraltar Ape’ follows the Manchester band’s three four-track EP’s released in late 2016: ‘Uber Capitalist Death Trade’ (whose title track was playlist by BBC 6Music), ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ and ‘Terrorist Synthesiser’. A compilation of the three EPs – ‘Young, Dumb and Full of…” is available to stream now on Spotify

 

‘Gibraltar Ape’ is a “Conversational pub paradox. A tireless crusade to be freed of inner constraints. Starring John Hall and the town of Huddersfield,” says Cabbage’s Lee Broadbent.

Listen on Spotify or download on iTunes

With all dates of their current headline tour sold-out, their V05 NME Awards tour supporting Blossom’s sold-out, and their April headline dates also sold-out, Cabbage have announced their three biggest headline shows to date:

Thurs 29th June               London Scala
Fri 30th June               Birmingham O2 Institute3
Sat 1st July                    Manchester O2 Ritz

Cabbage will be supported by The Blinders (main support) and Strange Bones (Opener)
Tickets on general sale from 10am today

Cabbage are Lee Broadbent (lead vocals), Joe Martin (vocals, guitar), Eoghan Clifford (guitar), Stephen Evans (bass), and Asa Morley (drums).

CABBAGE LIVE:
Neighbourhood On Tour, Feb 2017 – remaining dates
Feb 10        Liverpool EBGBS – SOLD OUT
Feb 11        Manchester Gorilla SOLD OUT
Feb 15        Oxford The Bullingdon – SOLD OUT
Feb 16              Reading Purple Turtle – SOLD OUT
Feb 17              Southampton Joiners – SOLD OUT
Feb 18        Bristol The Thekla – SOLD OUT
Feb 22        Newcastle Think Tank – SOLD OUT
Feb 23        Leeds Brudenell Social Club – SOLD OUT
Feb 24              Scunthorpe Café Independent – SOLD OUT
Feb 25        Glasgow Stereo – SOLD OUT
Mar 2 – 4        By:Larm, Oslo, Norway

V05 NME Awards Tour 2017, supporting Blossoms
Mar 16        Keele, University Ballroom – SOLD OUT
Mar 17        Liverpool Olympia – SOLD OUT
Mar 18        Brighton Dome – SOLD OUT
Mar 20        Lincoln Engine Shed – SOLD OUT
Mar 21        Exeter Lemon Grove – SOLD OUT
Mar 23        London Roundhouse – SOLD OUT
Mar 24        O2 Academy Bristol – SOLD OUT
Mar 25        Cardiff Trashed – SOLD OUT
Mar 27        Norwich The Nick Rayns LCR UEA – SOLD OUT
Mar 29        Birmingham O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 30        Leeds O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Mar 31         Newcastle O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
April 1              Glasgow O2 Academy – SOLD OUT

Headline dates:
April 26        The Witchwood, Ashton Under Lyne – SOLD OUT
April 27        London Dingwalls – SOLD OUT
April 28        Manchester Academy 2 – SOLD OUT
June 29               London Scala
June 30             Birmingham O2 Institute3
July 1              Manchester O2 Ritz

 

Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES release BRUTALISM on March 10th

IDLES – BRUTALISM
OUT MARCH 10TH ON BALLEY RECORDS

No.1 on Spotify Viral charts with “Well Done”
Record Of The Week – Huw Stephens | #NewMusic with Annie Mac

Praise for IDLES:

IDLES are hard to capture, because they’re not Fat White Family, they’re not Sleaford Mods, they are very much their own incarnation of uncompromising rhythmical punk rock. Lyrically, a mixture of dry obsessional humour and poetic slogans. But, best of all, they really get the adrenalin pumping“.
Steve Lamacq BBC6 Music

Guardian’s Ones To Watch 06/01/17

IDLES stand alone
CRACK

Blunt and to the point…(Well Done) is a visceral anthem that’s timed weirdly well for 2016’s madness
New Music Of The Day – NME

A beast of a debut album
On “Brutalism” in 100 Best New Bands Of 2017 – NME

Politically charged and furious…bruising, lacerating.”
The Line Of Best Fit

Wilder than a very wild thing marked wild in the wild shop in the middle of the wild wild wood. An IDLES live show is not quite like anything that you have ever seen or heard. Its got all the ingredients taken from rock n roll’s rich history but the synthesis is entirely their own. The wild men of Bristol“.
Tom Robinson BBC6 music



Bristol’s finest post-punk polemics IDLES have been promising to do great things for some time now, and with their debut album “Brutalism” they absolutely fulfil that promise, and a furious promise at that.

Politically charged, refreshingly confrontational and infectiously volatile, IDLES are a band like no other. Bringing the unsettling reality of the world we live in into their frantic assault on the senses, they are a band that until now could only be truly understood by witnessing in a live environment – but with “Brutalism” it surely feels like they have captured the intensity of that live sound. Bottled up here are the abrasive, memorable lyrics of Joseph Talbot delivered with all of the spite and wry humour he puts across on the stage.

Dedicated in part to the loss of his mother, who adorns the record’s cover, and partly to a perceived decimation of society, from the NHS to public services across Britain, “Brutalism” is a deadly serious indictment on popular culture – Mary Berry, Trevor Nelson and Rachel Khoo are just some of the names referenced here, often alongside the unpleasant, but always amongst the real.

The November release of single “Well Done” saw the band rise to no.1 on Spotify’s Viral Charts & paired with intensive radio support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, Steve Lamacq and regular Radio 6 play has brought them to the forefront of ones to watch. NME, CRACK, DIY and more have tipped them over the festive period and the quality here suggests there will be more plaudits to come when the album reaches the shops in March.

From the propulsive opener, “Heel / Heal”, and many highlights (“Well Done”, “Mother”, “Date Night”, “1049 Gotho”, “Stendahl Syndrome” just some) to the rare respite of the closer “Slow Savage”, the album marks the arrival of a true British talent – and in a musical world that can seem increasingly benign, one with so much to say.

Full tour dates below:
January 2017
Saturday 28th – London – Omeara

March 2017

Monday 6th – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 8th – Bristol – The Fleece
Thursday 9th – Colchester – Arts Centre
Friday 10th – London – Moth Club
Sunday 12th – Southampton – The Notes Café
Tuesday 14th – Birmingham – The Hare And Hounds
Wednesday 15th – Guildford – Boileroom
Thursday 16th – Brighton – The Prince Albert
Friday 17th – Tunbridge Wells – Forum
Saturday 18th – Bedford – Esquires
Monday 20th – Oxford – The Bullingdon
Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April 2017

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

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