Ex-Smiths join Aziz and the Regular Fries give taste of new album plus read webchat transcripts

Asian Dub Foundation debuted new material from their forthcoming album, ‘Community Music’, out March 22 on London, at last night’s NME Premier Show.

Asian Dub Foundation crowned the night underscoring their reputation as one of the greatest live bands ever. They played a blinding set, with new songs ‘Committed To Life’, ‘Real Great Britain’, ‘New Way New Life’, ‘Memory War’, ‘Taa Deem’, ‘Collective Mode’, ‘Crash’, ‘Riddim I Like’, ‘The Judgement’, ‘Scaling New Heights’, ‘Rebel Warrior’ – all from the forthcoming album – going down a storm. The highlight of the evening, ‘Free Satpal Ram’, saw the audience frugging and hollering as one.

Click here to read the transcript of yesterday’s webchat with ADF‘s Dr Das and Deedar.

Session guitarist Ibrahim Aziz (best known for his brief time with a latter-day Stone Roses) was joined by ex-Smiths Mike Joyce on drums and Andy Rourke on bass in his new outfit, Aziz. Sounding distinctly Britpopish with plenty of guitar wigouts, the only disappointment was that, contrary to earlier rumours, Ian Brown failed to show; leaving Ibrahim to do the vocal duties on ‘My Star’ instead.

Click here to read the transcript of yesterday’s webchat with Aziz Ibrahim, Mike Joyce and Andy Rourke.

The Regular Fries, enjoyable shambolic as always, played one new song ‘Blown A Fuse’, a foretaste of their as-yet-untitled second album due out on JBO in early summer. The only glitch in the set came when their camouflage netting, which they had draped over their many instruments, caused the mic and percussion equipment to become ensnared – a stagehand came to the rescue with a penknife.

First on the bill Invasian, put together under the Asian Dub Foundation Education community project banner, gave a foretaste of their patron’s Asian rap fury. Five lads belted out righteous sloganeering as a DJ mixed thunderous hip-hop beats.

Last night’s show will be webcast tonight (29 January) at 7pm GMT. Click here for the webcast page.

Full review of last night’s show soon.

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