Wednesday, March 14, 2007

News: Arctic Monkeys, Interpol, Simian Mobile Disco, 1990s, Green Man

Sheffield’s Arctic Monkeys have announced details of a UK tour this April to build up even more anticipation for their sophomore effort, “My Favourite Worst Nightmare”. Before you rush out and buy tickets though, as an effective ‘up yours’ to touts the Monkeys are only selling to fans on the band’s mailing list via a ballot. Click here for more info and tour dates.

Details of this year’s Green Man Festival have been finalised and it looks like it’s going to be an absolute winner. Acts confirmed so far include: Joanna Newsom, Vashti Bunyan, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Robert Plant & The Strange Sensation, Gruff Rhys, Smog, Vetiver, Dead Meadow, Tuung… the list just goes on and on. The folk fest takes place at Glanusk Estate in Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales on August 17th – 19th.

Indie kids-turned-acid fiends Simian Mobile Disco have unveiled details of their forthcoming debut “Attack Decay Sustain Release”. Released on April 6th by Wichita it features guest vocal spots from Ninja and Barry Dobbin of Go Team! and Clor respectively with seven new tracks alongside singles “It’s The Beat”, “Hustler” and “Tits & Acid”.

Glaswegian indie rockers The 1990s have also confirmed the release of their first LP. Produced by Suede guitarist Bernard Butler at the tail end of last year, “Cookies” will be released by Rough Trade on May 7th. Click here for a tracklisting.

Finally, Interpol have revealed that work on their follow up to 2004’s “Antics” is nearly complete. It’s their first with a major (Capitol) after leaving Matador records and is said to be more ‘expressive’ than their previous releases. According to guitarist Daniel Kessler: “There is a lot more texture and interesting sounds, there is definitely progression and growth.” No release date as yet but we’ll keep you posted.

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