Once again I have been spectacularly inconsistent with blogs posts. What can ye do? February has been pretty damn good for shows. UNIFORMS did our weekender with London punks It’s Not OK and The Kimberly Steaks at the start of the month and played deece shows in Stirling and Dundee with Shatterhand and in Perth, Edinburgh and Glasgow with The Walking Targets over five days. All the shows were great and all the bands killed it every night. It was great to finally get to play live again after two months off, which is a big break from playing shows for us. With all the stuff going on with the records, tour booking, promo and everything, sometimes it’s all too easy to forget exactly why you love this shit in the first place; that being getting sweating and singing your heart out with everyone. Shit feels good, yo. Massive thanks to Brian, Kenny, Raph, Greig and everyone involved in helping out with the shows. I sincerely hope that Jugs, Steve and Mike had a deece time. We’ll see you guys when we’re down your way at the end of next month.
Arliss Nancy came to visit us in Dundee and they were incredible, one of those bands whose records I love so much more after meeting them and seeing them play live. Sometimes it goes the other way. The limited edition woodcut sleeved clear vinyl is absolutely beautiful too. Mark McCabe opened that night and was his usual dry and charming self before Terrafraid played what I believe was only their second show. They are a great band that everyone should check out. I always get excited by awesome local bands, of which we’re lucky to have a good few. The Barents Sea also played their first show at Kage which also doubled as the last show with bassist Nico. They played a great show and there was some amusing banter between Nico and Grant, it’s just a shame the line-up is changing again. The show was really busy so big thanks to everyone who came out and supported, much appreciated as always.
I got a lift home from Big Ade and dropped my camera in his car and even though he was gracious enough to drop it off to me on Sunday night, I haven’t had a chance to upload any videos. Our main man Adam Morrow, however, put this little piece together covering the show the next night in Edinburgh. Adam is currently working on Film Yer Ane Fest, details of which will emerge in due course.
Next up is a trip to Shetland this weekend for UNIFORMS. I’ve played in Shetland once before, back in 2007 when Irish Leigh and I went up and I played my Tragical History Tour set. It’s a pretty amazing place and I’m excited to be going up with the band. I could probably live without the 32 hours sailing time, but we’ve done these sorts of ridiculous things before, so I’m sure we’ll be all good. I think the shows are going to be absolutely banging and we’re supporting The Roughneck Riot on Saturday night at the British Legion in Lerwick. Should be absolute madness. I’m very much looking forward to it. One important thing though; could anyone recommend a decent boozer for some scran and a certain Scottish Cup quarter final at Sunday lunch time? Shed rule.
Once we get back from Shetland, it’s straight into another busy week. The Murderburgers kick off their 53 date European tour in Glasgow on Thursday night (7th March) with support from Cleavers, The Kimberly Steaks and The Walking Targets (full details). The tour then rolls into Dundee for it is looking like being a pretty special night.
It’s going to be the release show for the incoming Maxwell’s Dead / Walking Targets split and is also the very first show from new Dundee “supergroup” Robot Doctors. Topping this off, we’ll be joined by new Lockjaw Records signees Trails, who were last up this way supporting Elway back in September.
We’ll have copies of the split CD so please come buy one! Full details here.
Then the Thursday after that, we are delighted to be welcoming The Arteries back to Dundee. They’ve got a new 12″ EP coming out on Specialist Subject Records and they’ll be touring the UK to promote it with Dundee being the ONLY SCOTTISH SHOW of the tour. The band headlined the Friday night of Book Yer Ane Fest V and were absolutely incredible. They were originally booked to play last year too but had to cancel due to the unforeseen circumstances known as “life”, so it’s with great anticipation that we wait for them to destroy Kage once more. They’ll be joined by us roasters in Uniforms, the mighty Cleavers and Dundee’s coolest blues punks The Shithawks. Sounds like an absolute winner to me. Get full details about that banger here.
Talking of splits; both our split 7″ with Question The Mark on Team Beard Records and our Make-That-A-Take split with Loaded 45 are currently at the pressing plants. This is the first time I’ve ever been personally involved in the production of vinyl, so I’m pretty excited. Jamie has done an incredible job with our artwork (as usual) and I can’t wait to get my hands on the finished product, let alone share it with everyone. It feels good to finally get these songs out there as they were the first that we wrote after Big Mick’s passing and our crazy summer tours. It feels like they were written a lifetime ago but we haven’t really played them live too much and they’re only just coming out publicly. Massive thanks to Boab at Punk Rock Rammy for doing an incredible job of the recording and mixing. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited for a pair of releases. Big thanks also to Chris Fogal of The Gamits for the mastering job at Black In Bluhm studios in Denver for the Loaded split.
The Question The Mark split can be pre-ordered with instant digital download from the Team Beard Records website right here. Our split with Loaded 45 will be up for streaming on the MTAT bandcamp page in the next couple of weeks before we head out on tour starting in Perth on Thursday 21st March at The Green Room. We’ll be playing with Vicenti and Sink Alaska that night, with both bands playing their first ever shows. Vicenti feature Gash and Dav of Dirtbox and this is their first show together in over three years I believe and Sink Alaska are well-seasoned veterans from Beauty School Dropout and The Day I Snapped. High calibre punk rock for fuck all in Perth on a Thursday night, so don’t say that nothing deece ever happens!
We’re also tying up the loose ends of our tour with Loaded 45 but we are still looking for a couple of shows in England, specifically Friday 29th March anywhere around the south coast as we’ll be between Exeter and Brighton, and Tuesday 2nd April literally anywhere in middle England as we’ll be between Cambridge and Liverpool. If anyone can help us out or give us a heads-up or let us jump on something, please get in touch and let us know!
As it stands, tour is looking a bit like this;
Thursday 21 March @ The Green Room, Perth w/ Vicenti + Sink Alaska
Friday 22 March @ 20 Rocks, Stirling w/ Get It Together + Empty Lungs
Saturday 23 March @ The Tunnels, Aberdeen w/ Maxwell’s Dead + Empty Lungs
Sunday 24 March @ The 13th Note, Glasgow w/ Sink Alaska
Monday 25 March @ Santiago’s, Leeds
Tuesday 26 March @ North Wales Inn, Rhyl
Wednesday 27 March @ Gwdihw Cafe Bar, Cardiff w/ Question The Mark
Thursday 28 March @ The Cavern, Exeter w/ Bleach Blood (ex King Blues)
Friday 29 March @ ***BOOK US PLEASE***
Saturday 30 March @ The Cowley Club, Brighton w/ Fighting Fiction
Sunday 31 March @ Till The Wheels Fest, New Cross Inn, London
Monday 1 April @ The Corner House, Cambridge w/ It’s Not OK
Tuesday 2 April @ ***BOOK US PLEASE***
Wednesday 3 April @ The Lomax, Liverpool w/ Throwing Stuff + Addictive Philosophy
Thursday 4 April @ The Dog and Partridge, Bolton
Friday 5 April @ The Central, Gateshead (early show!) w/ The Social Club
Friday 5 April @ Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh (late show!)
Saturday 6 April @ The Forest Cafe, Edinburgh (acoustic matinee show)
Saturday 6th April @ Kage, Dundee *End of tour party* w/ Sink Alaska + Get It Together
You can keep up to date with any changes/amendments on the tour event page.
Right, that’s more than enough from me for one day. It’s a beautiful sunny day outside and I’m heading to work in just over an hour, so I’d best go and get my shit together. I’ve listened to “Today’s Empires Tomorrow’s Ashes” by Propagandhi, “Exodus” by Bob Marley and The Wailers and The Cut Ups “Building Bridges. Starting Here”, drank two cups of coffee and went outside for two tabbies during the composition of this blog, as I know you were dying to know.
Hope to see some of y’all at the upcoming shows!