You probably caught Julian Casablancas calling Cerebral Ballzy "a truly legit modern hardcore/punk band" last week, after signing them to his Cult Records label. Having spent the best part of a week getting leathered with the band in NYC a couple of years ago, I can personally vouch that they're among the most debauched people on planet earth - shedloads of fun to be around.
Really, I can't wait to see how much Jules ages over the next few months looking after this lot. Anyway, Ballzy's first task under the new boss, if you like, comes in the form of the Monster NME Radar Tour, which kicks off in Cambridge this Friday (November 15). Here's their new single 'Better In Leather':
They headline all the dates, supported by a stellar cast of up-and-coming acts including Domino's new Glasgow signings The Amazing Snakeheads. The trio's brittle brand of savagely romanticised gutter punk is the polar opposite to the snarled Dead Boy-isms of their Big Apple counterparts, and they're one of the most intense, brilliant new bands I've seen in years. If you love John Cooper Clarke, Motorhead, Postcard Records, Jock Scot, The Fall and Speed they're basically your new wet dream.
Next up, playing the first half of the tour (November 15-21) we have The Bohicas, who hail from Essex and are probably the most unknown act on the bill. So unknown, in fact, that we're premiering their first ever tunes to the world right here on NME.COM, today. Check out the double video to their – you guessed it – double a-side ‘XXX’/’Swarm’, released sometime in January:
And finally, we have the politest, most normal band on the bill – south Londoners Fat White Family. Sorry, just kidding. My favourite story about these is that one of them once rode a donkey into a pub at their start of their gig. My second favourite story involves them getting chased out of a Camden venue for fighting the bouncers midway through a gig, while one of them proceeded to jack himself off onstage as another form of protest against said bouncers. The music, if you're wondering, is fucking brilliant and totally backs up all the mythology (which of course may or may not actually be true).
Fat Whites play the tour from November 22 onwards. In all honesty I've got no idea how the tour will pan out, and I like it that way. It's the most exciting tour I've been involved with since starting at NME, because everybody on it has explosive personality and genuinely wants to own (or is it wreck?) the stage. Huzzah.
The Monster NME Radar Tour 2013 calls at:
Cambridge, Portland Arms (November 15)
Coventry, Kasbah (16)
Liverpool, East Village Arts Club (17)
Sheffield, Leadmill (18)
Edinburgh, Electric Circus (19)
Manchester, Deaf Institute (20)
London, Hoxton B&K (21)
Brighton, Bermuda Triangle (22)
Nottingham, Rock City Basement (23)
Bristol, Exchange (24)
Birmingham, Hare and Hounds (25)
Southampton, Joiners (26)
Leeds, Cockpit (27)