TIGERS PROWL INTO LONDON!

Italian punk sensations SMALLTOWN TIGERS finally return to the UK for their first visit since the release of their debut mini-album.

The girls from Rimini turned heads on their first visit, with an appearance at Loud Women‘s 4th Birthday Party and The Shacklewell Arms, shooting the video for their ‘Five Things’ video while they were here. Despite the arrival of Covid, the band released the 8-track Five Things mini album in June 2020, but inevitably their supporting dates would be postponed and then cancelled.

Good news came when the band were personally invited to open for THE DAMNED on their reunion dates, which will now take place this Autumn.

The girls finally return to London to play the Pump It Up Powerpop Weekender at London’s Lexington this Sunday 3 July, alongside NYC’s BABY SHAKES who the Tigers first toured with in Italy back in the Summer of 2019 (see pic). An impressive bill also features DUNCAN REID AND THE BIG HEADS, SLYDER SMITH & THE OBLIVION KIDS, EMPEROR PENGUIN and France’s ALVILDA.

Speaking about the show, bassist/singer Valli says, “It will be great to share the stage with so many great bands, some of them for the first time and some others like The Speedways and The Baby Shakes we already shared the stage with. Moreover, the fabulous NYC girls (and boy!) The Baby Shakes were the band we opened for in Italy on our first tour ever… ah, sweet memories. Can’t wait to be in London again. It’s gonna be a blast! Be sure to buy your ticket in advance, it’s gonna be a busy Saturday and Sunday night on the 2nd/3rd of July!

“Other than that, we can’t wait to play some songs from the brand new album we’re currently preparing and which will be out next year. We think it’s the best material we ever wrote and we can’t wait to hear what you think of it. See you at the Powerpop Weekender people! Stop by and say hi!”

Remaining tickets for the event are available here.

Check out the video for ‘Five Things’…

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THE YEAR OF THE TIGERS!

After a long Covid-enforced lay-off, SMALLTOWN TIGERS are back with a new video.

These Italian lasses made a splash with their debut mini-album Five Things, released in May 2020 in the first bloom of lockdown, but were forced to postpone, then cancel, their UK dates.

Released in celebration of the Chinese Year of the Tiger, which begins today, the new video is for the track ‘Girl Can Help It’, which they recorded for the Defiled! New Bomb Turks tribute on Heavy Medication Records which was released last year.

As previously announced, the Rimini trio will be opening for The Damned on their reunion tour from 28 Oct to 5 November.

They’ll also be playing the Pump It Up! Powerpop Weekender on 3 July alongside Baby Shakes, Duncan Reid & The Big Heads and more. More dates are expected to be added.

Defiled! A Heavy Medication Tribute To New Bomb Turks is available here.

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BRIAN JAMES: NOT SLOWING DOWN!

While THE DAMNED have been basking in the limelight of their new album, original band founder BRIAN JAMES hasn’t been idle, revealing a brand new video as a taster for an expanded reissue of his hard-to-find debut solo album, as well as announcing a London date.

Brian James was originally recorded in 1990 following the break-up of James’ 80s band THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH. It was released on French label New Rose, formed a decade earlier, its name taken from the James- penned Damned debut single.

Reissued on 27 April through Easy Action Records, the album has been fully remastered for vinyl with two bonus tracks, new artwork and liner-notes by Brian. It’s available to pre-order here.

Brian recently went into the studio in Brighton, with drummer Malcolm Mortimer (who played on the original album) and bassist Austin Gayton, to make a video for the track ‘Slow It Down’. The video was shot by Tim and Poppy from fast-rising Birmingham garage trio TABLE SCRAPS.

“Although we’d factored in the usual amount of time for bands to take rests and to fuck up a few takes, Brian, Austin and Malcolm didn’t miss a single beat,” reveals Tim. “They had more energy and enthusiasm during the shoot than any teenage band I’ve filmed or seen play and it’s clear that Brian lives and breathes rock’n’roll.”

Brian James has just announced a show at The Lexington in London on 28 June, with Table Scraps as support. Tickets are on sale here.

Brian is currently working on his autobiography.

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