Fighting Fiction debut EP A Lesser Of Two Evils and UK dates

fighting fiction
fighting fiction

Fighting Fiction release their debut EP A Lesser Of Two Evils on November 16th through Dead Planet Records, a collection of songs written in anger and sung with passion.

Described as a powerful collision of indie rock guitar riffs, reggae tinged punk and socially aware lyrics the EP will doubtless draw comparisons with London Calling era Clash with the lyrical wordplay and vocal delivery of Billy Bragg.

Borne of a mutual passion for live music and energetic performance, Fighting Fiction formed in late 2007 in Bristol when the four lads met at University. Drummer, Rob Ballingall explains why the group clicked. ‘Going to gigs together when we were getting to know each other just got us talking about what we enjoy about music…  a massive part of it is crowd participation, we love hand-claps and sing-a-longs, call and response… It’s just a rush to get the audience involved’.

The band have completed a 30+ date tour across the UK this summer, supporting the likes of This Town Needs Guns, Laura Marling, The Automatic and securing slots at both the Isle of Wight and Isle of Man TT festivals.

The debut EP ‘A Lesser Of Two Evils’ is released on the 16th November 2009, available on iTunes and Limited Edition CD.

Fighting Fiction can be seen at the following venues:

29th London Kings Cross Cross Kings £5
31st Cheltenham The Walk the line festival £9.50/£14.50
09th Plymouth The skiving Scholar £5
11th Glastonbury The Riflemans Arms Free
14th Gloucester   Wired Showcase Guildhall   £6.50
16th Bath Weir Lounge Free Entry EP launch Party
18th London Shoreditch Bar Music Hall Free
27th Swansea Milkwoodjam £4

For more information check the Fighting Fiction mySpace page.

Sonic Boom Six play Camden Rocks Festival this weekend

Sonic Boom Six to play The Camden Rocks Festival
Sonic Boom Six to play The Camden Rocks Festival

Sonic Boom Six will be opening the Main Stage at this year’s Reading Festival.

The band are also performing at this weekend’s Camden Rocks festival alongside a whole host of acts at four Camden venues (The Underworld, The Barfly, The Monarch and Prince Of Wales) including Carl Barat, Pete Doherty, Ginger, Nine Black Alps and Subkicks.

The Camden Rocks Festival will be raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Sonic Boom Six have just completed a successful City Of Thieves album tour when they were joined on stage last Sunday by Itch from The King Blues.  Their genre-fusing music covers punk rock, pop, hip hop and reggae.

Listen to the new Sonic Boom Six single, The Concrete We’re Trapped Within, due to be released on 6th July and see if it reminds you of The Rezillos.

Sonic Boom Six – Saturday June 6th – Underworld – 3pm (for 30 minutes)

Tonight: Franz Ferdinand dub album Blood

Franz Ferdinand to release dub album
Franz Ferdinand to release dub album

Franz Ferdinand have announced details of the release of Blood, a dub version of their recent album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand which was released in January of this year.

Blood will be available for general release on 1st June 2009 through Domino RecordsBlood was mixed by Dan Carey, the producer of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

The album will be available (on 1st June) on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Dan Carey’s CV includes an ‘apprenticeship’ with legendary south London dub specialist The Mad Professor, owner of Ariwa Sounds, one of the UK’s premier reggae labels.

Blood was originally featured as part of the box set & double disc versions of Tonight: Franz Ferdinand, though the new version will include the additional song, Be Afraid, a version of Dream Again.

Franz Ferdinand are currently on tour in the US and head to Japan before returning to the UK in the summer for a number of festivals including T in the Park & Glastonbury.

Franz Ferdinand are: Alex Kapranos (vocals/guitar/keys), Nick McCarthy (vocals, keys, guitar), Paul Thomson (drums/guitar) and Bob Hardy (bass).

The Specials Reunite For UK Dates

The Specials line up (Ghost Town promotional material)After ‘five years of reservations’, The Specials are ready to return, the original line up will re unite for an Autumn tour, the first time they will have performed in public for 25 years.

Band rehearsals have been going on for some months now, with the band previously saying that they were prepared to perform again if they felt they had something to offer.

“Seven 50-year-old men together in a room is not very pleasant, no matter who you are. But we’re getting on great and that’s all you can hope for, really.” said lead singer Terry Hall.

He added that The Specials will only play small UK venues, as arena’s and sit down theatre’s “would be weird. I think we should carry on where we left off.”

Here’s a clip from 1979, The Specials – A Message To You Rudy