Friday, 11 March 2011


We're overjoyed to have two of our favourite bands touring the UK together! NODZZZ and THE MANTLES are jangle bros of the highest order as well as good friends, go check them out at any and/or all of these dates throughout the kingdoms.

UK & Ireland - March

12.03 - London - The Victoria
13.03 - Southend - The Railway
14.03 - Nottinghamm - Spanky Van Dykes
15.03 - York - The Basement
16.03 - Cardiff - Undertone
17.03 - Belfast - The Menagerie
18.03 - Dubline - The Workman's Club
19.03 - Glasgow - Nice N Sleazy
22.03 - Manchester - The Deaf Institute
23.03 - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club
25.03 - Brighton - Green Door Store

Nodzzz are Sean Paul on guitar, Anthony Atlas on bass and Pete Hilton on drums. They're sweet dudes with an even sweeter sound, first honed on a killer single called "(I Don't Wanna) Smoke Marijuana" b / w "We Are the Only Animals" released on the wonderful Make A Mess imprint. Barely three minutes long, each side tore the face off the last days of 2007, revealing a candy skeleton that had the Modern Lovers' teeth marks in it. The group's self-titled debut on What's Your Rupture is a grower, with ten new songs in a markedly more pop direction. You can hear the simple American pleasures of baseball, road trips and late summer plain as day within this record. More specifically, you can hear three guys examining where punk became something more, between notions of power pop and advanced songwriting on the Embarrassment / Big Dipper / Pointed Sticks axis, but with the economy of the Minutemen or Beat Happening. They're in and out before you know it, having firmly planted the seeds of catchy melodies between your ears. This is day one of their UK tour with The Mantles ahead of their new album 'Innings' on Woodsist.

The Mantles have been dead-on in distilling a contemporary pop / psych concoction that mixes equal parts early Chills with early Dream Syndicate - and really, who wouldn't among us want a bottle of that with which to quietly tipple the day away. They burrow into the core of rock, extracting essential magma that fuses SF ballroom psychedelia, Byrds jangle pop and the Velvet Underground's extraordinary ability for serpentine leads and bridges. The Mantles have toured the US alongside Ty Segall and have an awesome self-titled album out on Siltbreeze plus a new EP recently through Mexican Summer.

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