Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Back from Texas

Well, where to start?!
We had one of, if not the best week weeks we've ever had as a band at SXSW in Austin this week just gone. From meeting at the airport to driving back to Houston to fly home it was amazing.

Our initial fears of being under 21 and being trapped in our hotel rooms between shows were fortunately quashed by the amazing free parties put on by Todd P at Ms Bea's Yard. Literally every band I'd made a note to see played the carpark behind a bar that served us booze on the first night. The alcohol didn't flow freely all week but this didn't hamper our ability to have a good time. 

Our shows ranged from industry showcases on 6th street to Lesbian bars outside of the main strip. All were experiences within themselves and gave us gratification on different levels. If you search on YouTube, all manner of videos from various shows have been uploaded. From the perspective of playing shows, it was a great introduction to the USA. Whilst I was a little apprehensive about crowd response due to the nature of the festival, a bunch of people completely kicking off for our official showcase in the biggest venue we did put my nerves to rest. If any of you folk who danced reads this, thanks.

I was lucky enough to catch no less than 26 different bands whilst we were there, some twice. My top 5 (in no specific order) would probably be something like this:

Cursive - who played The Ugly Organ almost from start to finish
Trash Talk - the most INTENSE hardcore band I've seen for a long long time
HEALTH - first time i've caught these live. The new material is mindblowing.
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - an intimate set in the aforementioned car park
Dirty Projectors - similarly to HEALTH their new stuff is great. so so technically proficient.

Only downers were the lack of vegetarian food (huge piles of meat anyone?) and having to leave. Fingers crossed we'll get the opportunity to come back and visit more places very soon.

Until then, our headline tour of the UK is on in 3 weeks and we, like everyone else, now have Twitter.

Peace x

Thursday, 12 March 2009


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Monday, 9 March 2009

Northern Alliance Headline Dates!

We just finished one UK tour so heres another! We'll be touring these fair Isles with our buddies Grammatics and Pulled Apart By Horses. They join us for all dates except Ireland which we're doing with The Wounds and we have Holy State with us in Leeds instead of Grammatics.

Furthermore, if you buy an advance ticket for this tour through the blog posted on our myspace you can recieve an exclusive download of a digital only EP - Rolo Tomassi Live @ Eurosonic!

Oh, Hello Ghost
I Love Turbulence
Cirque Du Funk

14th Leicester The Musician
15th Sheffield The Plug
16th Wrexham Central Station
17th Nottingham The Bodega
18th Manchester Satans Hollow
19th Leeds The Faversham
20th Middlesborough Uncle Alberts
21st Liverpool Barfly
22nd Glasgow Stereo
23rd Belfast Auntie Annies
24th Limerick Dolans (Upstairs)
25th Dublin Academy 2
26th Cork Cyprus Avenue
28th Bristol Croft
29th Cardiff Barfly
30th Exeter Cavern

1st Bournemouth Gander
2nd Brighton Concorde 2 (SUPPORTING GALLOWS)
3rd Southampton Joiners
4th Oxford Academy 3

Monday, 2 March 2009

shred update!

Hey Hey,
So its already day 5 of the shred yr face tour. Shows have been played, friendships have been made and good times have been had. We did an instore yesterday that was real good fun at puregroove records in London then went and saw The Bronx play a sweet set at Roughtrade.

Today we're in Cardiff and the travelling circus will continue til Friday.

Thanks to all who have been out to shows so far!