Already being talked up on the Euro garage-punk scene, Italy’s SMALLTOWN TIGERS are all set to drop their debut single next month, and will be playing a bunch of UK dates to support it.
Hailing from the northern seaside city of Rimini, the trio came into existence a year ago, earning their stripes playing squat clubs and beach parties, before scooping the support slot for NYC powerpop aces BABY SHAKES on their jaunt around Italy this spring.
Now signed to Area Pirata Records, the band are due to release their debut single ‘Just Friends’ on 27 September, followed by a mini-album in the New Year. Both were produced by punk-blues guru Stiv Cantarelli (J.D. Hangover, The A.C.C.) and mastered by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (The Sonics, White Stripes).
‘Just Friends’ is available to pre-order now via Bandcamp.
Smalltown Tigers head to the UK in early October for a handful of dates, including an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party at London’s iconic Hope & Anchor. Full dates are…
Thurs 10 Oct – The Railway Hotel, Southend-on-Sea Fri 11 Oct – The Shacklewell Arms, London (Garageland Club) Sat 12 Oct – The Hope & Anchor, London (onstage 5pm) tickets Sat 12 Oct – Biddle Bros, London (onstage 10pm)
LAST GREAT DREAMERS are to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their classic debut album Retrosexual this Autumn.
The band were formed on the Soho glam scene in 1993 and released Retrosexual the following year to considerable acclaim. It would be their only album until reforming in 2014.
For the first time ever, the album will be released on vinyl in a fully-remastered limited edition, including a free download. The record will be released through their own Ray Records label on Friday 15 November, but it’s available to pre-order here.
Now scattered across the country, to celebrate, the powerpop-rockers will be playing a special London show at The Lounge in their old stamping ground of Camden Town on Saturday 16 November, where they’ll be playing Retrosexual in its entirety including songs never performed live before, plus a second set of fan favourites. The gig will be followed by an after-party with Marc and Slyder from the band on the decks, recreating one of their original Glitterball monthly club nights. Tickets are on sale here. The band are also planning VIP packages and a ‘magical minibus tour’ of their old haunts.
Since reforming the band have gone from strength to strength, touring more widely than ever before, including shows in Spain, Norway and Italy and numerous festival appearances. Releasing their acclaimed fourth album 13th Floor Renegades in April 2018, Marc and Slyder have since been joined by new rhythm section Tim Emery and Rik Pratt.
“Marc and I haven’t played some of these songs live for over twenty years so relearning them has been great and we are both really excited about the prospect of playing them again,” says Slyder. “We know this album means a lot to many of our fans so it will be a privilege to play it for them in its entirety. It’s gonna be a real party atmosphere, a celebration, we have a few special things planned and hopefully a few special guests.”
Last Great Dreamers will also be playing the second Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender alongside The Number Ones, Duncan Reid and The Big Heads and more at The Lexington, London on Saturday 27 July. 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