February 2, 1999 19:03
THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETA
Much anticipated debut album will be an epic double CD/triple vinyl epic...
The band have been recording the as-yet-untitled LP at secret locations across the country since last October. Comprised of two sections and at nearly two hours long, the album will be sold as a double CD or triple vinyl. One part features ten tracks recorded at studios in Cornwall and Wales and the other features two 30-minute recordings made in a hut in the Scottish Highlands.
A spokesman for Regal Recordings told NME: "It's a benchmark album for those who won't accept anything less.
"It's like 'Check Your Head' was for the Beastie Boys, it's going to be a very big record. It's going to blow a lot of other bands out of the water."
The Beta Band are currently on holiday deciding on song titles and artwork as well as making films which will be projected onstage when they play five UK dates in June. The gigs are at
Edinburgh Liquid Rooms (June 13) Leeds Irish Centre (14) Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall (15) Cambridge Junction (16) London Kilburn National Ballroom (18)
The Beta Band's last release in September 1998 was a compilation of their first three EPs - 'Champion Versions', 'The Patty Patty Sound' and 'Los Amigos Del Beta Bandidos'.
Tickets for the shows are available from nme.com's 24-hour ticketline on 0870 121 0125 or click here to go to our online gig guide and ticket service.
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