Time for a roll-call. Howler? Present. The Cast Of Cheers? Present. Gross Magic? Present. It's time to buy your tickets for the Generation Next Tour, and to start preparing yourselves. Because it's going to be messy.
Howler frontman Jordan Gatesmith told NME:
We have abandoned our hometown of Minneapolis for a lifetime on the road. But that's OK – rest is for the weak. The UK has been good to us this year and we're looking forward to turning young people of Britain into a sweaty and excitable mess. See you in October.
The NME Generation Next Tour will call at:
Bournemouth Old Fire Station (October 19)
Bristol Thekla (20)
Norwich Waterfront (21)
Birmingham HMV Institute Library (22)
Manchester Club Academy (24)
Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut (25)
Sheffield Leadmill (26)
Stoke Sugarmill (27)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (29)
London Koko (30)
Brighton The Haunt (31)
Let's take a moment to meet the line-up.
Despite recently losing a member, Minneapolis quartet Howler still go hard. Straight up snotty rock and roll, their debut album 'America Give Up' earned 8/10 from NME, with the reviewer raving that "in mid-November, Howler promised to make “a dirty rock’n’roll” album, which is exactly what they’ve done, without any fluff. All 11 songs are full of energy, wit, fun, fuzz, fizz, sugar, spice and all things nice." Add in lead-singer Jordan Gatesmith's predilection for introducing the group under different guises - recent highlights include "Hello, we're the Vaccines!", and you've got a fuse waiting for a lit match.
Featuring neither Dr Frasier Crane or a place where everyone knows your name, The Cast Of Cheers did still come together thanks to a bar. “We all worked in a pub called Cheers, so they’d call us ‘the cast of Cheers’", drummer Kev Curran tells NME. The Dublin group play wonky mathsy dance rock, for want of a better word. You a fan of Everything Everything? Well then, The Cast Of Cheers are for you. NME praised their debut ‘Family’ as 'one of the punchiest, most immediate albums we’ve heard all year, packed full of boisterous, charming and downright danceable guitar-based oddities.'
"Low, low, lo-fi distorted bliss with big, dumb, bubblegum four-chord-choruses", is how NME described Gross Magic's debut EP 'Teen Jamz'. Released only in June this year, the project of Brighton-based Sam McGarrigle, Gross Magic's slack-pop is intense, sweet and, well, magical. Get on it.