VINE TIME!

St Etienne and Bernard Butler cheer on the hotly tipped Aussies - and there are more stars hoping to ctach up with them...

The much vaunted Vines played their first ever LONDON show last night (March 7) at an NME 5.0 show in the CAMDEN MONARCH.

The Australian four-piece, who have been touted as the new Nirvana, ran through tracks from their debut album, reported to be titled ‘Highly Evolved’. They received a reaction on par withThe Strokes, who played the same small venue just over a year ago.

guitarist Bernard Butler and St

Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell, in last night’s crowd, they were picking up some keen celebrity fans.

He said: “James Dean Bradfield is going to come when we play in Bristol (March 9). And alsoColdplay, I think. We met them in LA because they are on Capitol as well.”

Vines have spent the last six months in Los Angeles recording their debut album. It is set for release on Capitol in the US, and Heavenly in the UK, in early summer. A single, also titled ‘Highly Evolved’, will be released on April 8.

Mathews added that as well as chumming up withColdplay, his interest in British indie rock was stirred recently by [/a].

“We didn’t get to hear much when we were recording,” he said. “But I do like[a]. I like what they are doing.”

After the current UK jaunt, Vines return for some dates in April, kicking off with a show supporting [a][/a] at the London Astoria, an NME 5.0 part of the year-long celebration for NME’s 50th anniversary. the show has long sold out.