Hotly-tipped new band White Lies opening up the Topman NME New Noise tour. The band’s debut single ‘Unfinished Business’ was released in April.
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Crowds have been turning up early on every night of the Topman NME New Noise tour to catch White Lies, who had only played five gigs before we invited them on the jaunt.
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White Lies backstage at the Topman New Noise tour 2008. The annual NME new bands tour has helped several bands break through into the mainstream, including Maximo Park, The Long Blondes and The Rumble Strips among others.
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‘Problematic Girls’ and ‘So Called Summer’ were the stand-out tunes of Team Waterpolo’s set in Newcastle on Sunday (May 11).
Preston’s Team Waterpolo rock Newcastle for the Topman NME New Noise tour, which also saw action from White Lies, Friendly Fires and Crystal Castles.
Team Waterpolo’s lynchpin Fred Davis describes himself on their MySpace page as an "energetic versatile frontman, melody wizard, el Mariachi, supersonic idea generating harmonic creator".
Team Waterpolo backstage on the Topman NME New Noise tour. The band aren’t getting a break when it comes to an end this week; they have more dates across the country before heading to the Glastonbury, Latitude and Underage festivals.
For the full review of the NME New Noise tour, along with Ladytron, White Williams and loads more, check out this week’s NME, out Wednesday.
Friendly Fires are from St Albans in Hertfordshire, home at one time or another to Enter Shikari, Stephen Hawkins and Benny Hill.
Friendly Fires support Crystal Castles on the Topman NME New Noise tour. The band head out across Europe next month before flying to Japan for Summersonic.
Friendly Fires hit Newcastle on the Topman New Noise tour. For all the latest news on the band, reviews, tracks and videos, head over to nme.com/artists/friendly-fires.
For exclusive videos of all the bands on the Topman NME New Noise tour, head over to nme.com/video.
Friendly Fires onstage at the Topman New Noise Tour in Newcastle. We’ve heard a sneak preview of the debut album and it’s immense. Keep clicking on NME.COM to hear new tracks as soon as they’re ready.
Friendly Fires backstage in Newcastle on the Topman NME New Noise tour. NME’s Alex Miller caught the show in Oxford; find out what he thought of them in this week’s mag.
The Topman New Noise Tour hits London this Wednesday (May 14) and Stoke-on-Trent’s Sugarmill on Thursday (15). For tickets go to NME.COM/GIGS now, or call 0871 230 1094. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Crystal Castles have remixed numerous groups including Liars, GoodBooks, The Whip and most notably Klaxons, adding their digital reverb to ‘Atlantis To Interzone’. Pic: Tim Cochrane
"When we formed we wanted to piss people off," Ethan told us backstage on the tour, "we thought we were making such weird music that no-one would ever like it". Last Sunday in Newcastle he was proved wrong again. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Crystal Castles destroy Newcastle on the Topman NME New Noise tour, which saw support from Friendly Fires, Team Waterpolo and White Lies.
Topman NME New Noise tour headliners Crystal Castles, whose movements have been shrouded in rumours since they arrived on our radar two years ago. Stories have circulated that Ethan is on the run from police, and that they were in an embarrassing glam rock band for several years.
Crystal Castles used their Topman New Noise Tour set to give new track ‘Exoskeleton’ a live outing. Find out how the tour went down in this week’s NME magazine. Pic: Tim Cochrane
Crystal Castles have divided opinion on NME.COM. One user thinks they sound "like the worst soundtrack for the worst video game ever" while another remarked that their album was "a highly original piece of work with fantastic tracks to back up the expansive sound". We gave it 8/10, and anyone who has witnessed their live show will testify to their genius. Pic: Tim Cochrane
NME cover stars Crystal Castles backstage on the Topman NME New Noise Tour 2008 in Newcastle last Sunday (May 11). The band had to cancel some of their tour dates in March after Alice broke her ribs in a car accident, but they were back on top form this week. Pic: Tim Cochrane