For your gig-going entertainment, we recommend you come along and check three of the finest live bands under the sun right now!
From Norway, the much-talked about Jagger-fronting-Ramones-playing-stadiums-like rockers Span, return to the UK to promote their debut album 'Mass Distraction', released Feb 16th, preceeded by the single 'Don't Think the Way They Do' which is currently doing the rounds in the Music Channels, especially co-tour-sponsors Scuzz. Sadly, we can confirm the band lost bass player Wes Stavnes on the eve of this tour for "personal reasons". He has been replaced immediately by Kim Nordbaek. He has been rehearsing in London all week with the band and was thrown straight in at the deep-end on Saturday in Exeter. Kim was a Span fan and a student this time last week, one week on and he's packed that in and is a fully fledged member of one of his favourite bands. span.mu.
Support comes from one of our big tips for 2004, they're also Lamacq-faves and you may have seen them at our Xmas party. They are Bloc Party, four lads from London who play what can simply be called punk-funk, but there's a lot more to it than that. They release their debut single as a 7" in Feb. blocparty.com.
And a new addition to the tour is Brighton's angular noize-makers Kill Kenada, who fans of Biffy Clyro through Sonic Youth should really check out. They release an album on Stroke-producer Gordon Raphael's shoplifterrecords.co.uk.
We've also invited Pupkin to play Glasgow.
And the dates are...
24 Jan Exeter Cavern + KILL KENADA
25 Jan Sheffield Casbah
26 Jan Birmingham Academy 3 + KILL KENADA
27 Jan Liverpool Carling Academy 2 + KILL KENADA
28 Jan Leeds Cockpit 2
29 Jan Glasgow King Tuts+ PUPKIN
30 Jan Aberdeen Kef
31 Jan Perth Twa Tams
01 Feb Edinburgh Venue
03 Feb Leicester Charlotte
04 Feb Derby Victoria Inn
05 Feb Wolverhampton Little Civic
06 Feb Stoke Sugarmill
07 Feb Aldershot West End Centre + BLOC PARTY
08 Feb Oxford Zodiac + BLOC PARTY
12 Feb Chelmsford The Cave
13 Feb Bristol Loiusiana
14 Feb Tunbridge Wells Forum + BLOC PARTY
15 Feb Southampton Joiners Arms + KILL KENADA
16 Feb Cardiff Barfly + KILL KENADA
17 Feb Manchester Roadhouse + KILL KENADA
19 Feb London Islington Carling Bar Academy + BLOC PARTY + KILL KENADA
DiScuss: Which show are you going to? Been to a show, write your review beneath here... Who do you think should be doing our next DiS-Recommended tour?