Art Brut preview new songs in New York

Bowery Ballroom gets a taste of new album despite illness

Art Brut previewed a number of tracks from their brand new album tonight (April 17) in New York City.

Taking to the stage at a packed Bowery Ballroom, the band treated the crowd to eight new songs from ‘It’s A Bit Complicated‘ including ‘I Will Survive’, ‘Pump Up The Volume’ and ‘St. Pauli’ . Taken from the follow-up to 2005’s ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’, it was only the third time the band had performed some of the songs.

Speaking to NME.COM frontman Eddie Argos revealed the band almost had to recruit a temporary drummer when Mikey B fell ill just days ago.

“He was really sick with tonsilitis’ Argos explained after the show ‘He had to fly out to America three days after us. His neck is totally swollen and he went to bed right after the show. He’s really ill.”

And according to Argos, had Mikey been unable to perform, Art Brut had several musicians offer to stand in.

“We had Keith Murray and Michael Tapper of We Are Scientists and Miyuki from The Rogers Sisters offer to play. One of those people would have stood in.“

They played:

‘Direct Hit’

‘People In Love’

‘I Will Survive’

‘Pump Up The Volume’

‘Late Sunday Evening’

‘St. Pauli’

‘Post Soothing Out’

‘Nag Nag Nag Nag’

‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’

‘Good Weekend’

‘My Little Brother’

‘Moving To LA’

‘Emily Kane’

‘Modern Art’

‘Rusted Gun Of Milan’

‘It’s A Bit Complicated‘ is out June 25.

–By our New York staff.

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