Seminal Belfast punks STIFF LITTLE FINGERS have announced a UK March tour and forthcoming new album.
After many studio albums and countless tours, Stiff Little Fingers find themselves more in demand than ever. They are currently working on a new album, and many of the new songs have been debuted at live gigs, with tremendous response from fans. With song titles like Trail of Tears, My Dark Places and Liar's Club covering topics such as the recent economic collapse, Jake's personal struggle with depression, and continuing racism in the west. Jake has said, “You’ve probably worked out by now, I don’t do “comedy” songs !!” But the songs continue to inspire fans old and new. Countless people have already contacted Jake to say that "My Dark Places" gave them the strength to tell others about their own bouts with depression.
Though focused on their new material, they always play the old favourites at gigs. Jake said, "You have to strike a balance. The difficulty with a band like ourselves is to try not make it sound like a cabaret band. Obviously, it'd be very easy to go, 'Hey, here's another old one you may remember.' A lot of the old songs the audience greet like old friends. I suppose it's the same as any band that's been around for any length of time. And yes, there are nights that we don't particularly want to play "Alternative Ulster" or "Suspect Device" because we've heard them 'til they're coming out our ears. But there's always the possibility that somebody out there has never seen the band before, never heard them."
But using the band’s rich musical foundation as a building block, the time has come to bring the newest chapter of the band’s music to the world. The new songs, penned over the last decade, show a definite musical growth in the band. Plans are to record and release the new material in early 2013.
March UK Tour
Thu 7 Southampton The Brook Tel: 023 8055 5366 Web: www.the-brook.com <http://www.the-brook.com>
Fri 8 Brighton Concorde 2 < Tel: 01273 673 311Web: www.concorde2.co.uk <http://www.concorde2.co.uk>
Sat 9 Nuneaton Queens Hall < Tel: 024 7634 7402Web: www.queenshall.net <http://www.queenshall.net>
Sun 10 Preston 53 Degrees + Tel: 0844 478 0898Web: www.53degrees.net <http://www.53degrees.net>
Tue 12 Sheffield Plug + Tel: 0844 478 0898Web: www.the-plug.com <http://www.the-plug.com>
Thu 14 Manchester The Ritz + < Tel: 0161 832 1111Web: www.gigsandtours.com <http://www.gigsandtours.com>
Fri 15 Newcastle O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Sat 16 Aberdeen The Lemon Tree + Tel: 01224 641 122Web: www.boxofficeaberdeen.com <http://www.boxofficeaberdeen.com>
Sun 17 Glasgow Barrowland + < Tel: 0844 844 0444Web: www.ticketmaster.co.uk <http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk>
Tue 19 Cambridge The Junction + < Tel: 01223 511511 Web: www.junction.co.uk <http://www.junction.co.uk>
Wed 20 Norwich The Waterfront + < Tel: 01603 508050 Web: www.waterfrontNorwich.co.uk <http://www.waterfrontNorwich.co.uk>
Thu 21 Leeds O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Fri 22 London The Forum + < Tel: 0843 221 0100Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Sat 23 Nottingham Rock City + < Tel: 0844 871 8819Web: www.Alt-tickets.co.uk <http://www.Alt-tickets.co.uk>
Mon 25 Plymouth C103 + Tel: 0870 264 3333Web: www.seetickets.com <http://www.seetickets.com>
Tue 26 Exeter Phoenix < Tel: 01392 667 080Web: www.exeterphoenix.org.uk <http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk>
Wed 27 Gloucester Guildhall Tel: 01452 503 050Web: www.gloucester.gov.uk <http://www.gloucester.gov.uk>
Thu 28 Bristol O2 Academy + < Tel: 0844 477 2000 Web: www.ticketweb.co.uk <http://www.ticketweb.co.uk>
Fri 29 Wolverhampton The Robin 2 + < Tel: 01902 401211Web: www.therobin.co.uk <http://www.therobin.co.uk>
Sat 30 Cardiff Solus (Univ.) + Tel: 02920 781458Web: www.cardiffboxoffice.com <http://www.cardiffboxoffice.com>
JAKE BURNS -- LEAD VOCALS/GUITAR
ALI MCMORDIE -- BASS GUITAR
STEVE GRANTLEY -- DRUMS
IAN MCCALLUM -- VOCALS/GUITAR
Plus Special Guests
+ The Men The Couldn’t Hang
< Ed Tudor Pole (Acoustic)