Come this October, the Emerge NME Radar Tour 2011 will be kicking up a storm across the UK. Four bands, 14 dates and loooooads of mayhem is the order of the day.
It’s the annual jaunt that’s helped kicked things off in a big way for everyone from Hurts to Crystal Castles to La Roux and The Cribs in the past. So this year’s acts – Wolf Gang, S.C.U.M, Niki & The Dove and DZ Deathrays – have it all to live up to. We think they’ve got a pretty damn great chance of doing that. In fact, we’d bet money on it. Perhaps. The best way to find out, of course, is to get along yourself.
Here’s a quick run through, along with some essential need to know info, on all four bands.
The brainchild of London wonderkid and pop dreamer Max McElligott, Wolf Gang is his excuse to raid music’s glam and David Bowie-filled dressing-up box.
For Fans Of: Talking Heads, David Bowie
Seek Out: Debut album ‘Suego Faults’ is out now
Believe It Or Not: Max says the key to a good tour is clean socks and good herbal tea. We’re guessing tour partners DZ Deathrays (see below) might not agree with him, but hey.
They’ve been called The Horrors’ little brothers (mainly because one of them – Huw – is the little brother of Rhys Webb), and they’re about to release one of the most exciting new album’s of the year – as NME’s Jamie Fullerton recently pointed out.
For Fans Of: PiL, Pulp
Seek Out: Debut album ‘Again Into Eyes’ is out on September 12
Believe It Or Not: Peaches Geldof most definitely isn’t joining the band.
Niki & The Dove*
The Swedish duo don’t feature anyone called Niki. Or a dove. But they do make blissful, euphoric Scandi pop.
For Fans Of: Austra, Fever Ray
Seek Out: Recent EP, ‘The Fox’, alongside this ace live album
Believe It Or Not: Their rehearsal space is in a shipbuilding yard called Beckholmen, on an island called Djugarden, which is only accessible by walking through a really classic old theme park.
Loud as hell Aussie duo with a penchant for the perverse. Their live show is not to be missed…
For Fans Of: The White Stripes, DFA 1979
Seek Out: Debut EP ‘Ruined My Life’ is released in the UK on September 19. On cassette.
Believe It Or Not: The band are not acting in this video. That’s real puke.
The Emerge NME Radar Tour 2011 visits:
Exeter Phoenix (October 2)
Bristol Thekla (3)
Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms (4)
Nottingham Rescue Rooms (5)
Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (7)
Manchester Club Academy (8)
Newcastle O2 Academy 2 (9)
Glasgow King Tut’s (10)
Leeds Cockpit (12)
Norwich Waterfront (13)
Oxford O2 Academy 2 (14)
Stoke Sugarmill (16)
Brighton Concorde 2 (17)
London KOKO (18)
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*Niki & The Dove play all dates except October 13-16
**DZ Deathrays play all dates except October 2-12