1, 2, 3, 4 GUITARS
So as the season of covers bands and manic depression also known as Christmas approaches (apparently), here's a pick you up of fine musical standards in the shape of Lesson No.1's first gig of 2007. To be specific, Thursday 25 January. Hell yes.
The Blood Brothers are a super-spazzed pop-art-screamo quintet from Seattle who've smashed out five variously brilliant albums on labels like 31G and, erm, V2. The latest, 'Young Machetes', is released on Wichita over here in January and already knocking about on import. It's pretty great. They're currently touring the US with ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead. Three tracks offa the new record are over at their MySpace and there's also a selection of older gubbins right HERE.
After a little confusion over who would be The Blood Brothers' main support on their UK tour, it's definitely confirmed as Help She Can't Swim (so apologies anybody who wanted to see White Circle Crime Club, who aren't now supporting, but check 'em out regardless as they sound rather splendid). HSCS are a bunch of noisy art school boys and girl from around the south coast and London last seen round these parts, we believe, supporting the infinitely less brilliant Art Brut. But don't let that put you off: enjoyably yelping indie-punk LP 'Fashionista Super Dance Troupe' came out on Fantastic Plastic a coupla years back and they're due to follow it up real soon with new album 'The Death of Nightlife'. Tunes THIS WAY.
There's at least one more band to come (more on that REAL soon), but in the meantime all that's left to say is: this is all happening at Clwb Ifor Bach, Womanby Street, Cardiff and tickets are £8 from the Clwb site. They're selling like, if not hot cakes, then at least moderately warm scones and pretty sure this is not only the smallest venue on this tour but also the cheapest tickets. Result.