BETAS ROLL OUT THE BARREL!

Steve Mason's side project King Biscuit have a new EP out in June...

THE BETA BAND‘s Steve Mason is putting the final touches to a new four-track EP by his side project King Biscuit, which he hopes to release before his more well-known group’s appearance at this year’s Glastonbury Festival.

A spokesperson for The Beta Band told nme.com that tracks for the EP are currently at the mixing stage, with a date of June 19 being scheduled for the release on Regal Recordings.

The EP will be the follow-up to Mason‘s debut solo venture ‘King Biscuit Time Sings Nelly Foggit’s Blues’, which was released in November 1998.

The Beta Band confirmed in March that they are to play this year’s Glastonbury Festival. In addition, the band also play a low key warm-up gig at the Glasgow Garage on the Friday before their festival appearance (June 23). Bassist Richard Greentree told nme.com the band were currently “regrouping” to prepare for the shows.

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Meanwhile, the band have made their Hollywood debut in the new John Cusack film ‘High Fidelity’, an adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.

In one scene, Cusack‘s record shop assistant character holds up a copy of The Beta Band’s ‘The 3 EPs’ compilation, and, turning to his co-workers, says “I am now going to sell five copies of ‘The 3 EPs’ by The Beta Band.”

For the next 2:45 seconds, while ‘Dry The Rain’ plays, the camera pans to a close up of the CD cover and then pans around to the customers bobbing their heads up and down.

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