Bluetones  : After Hours

Bluetones : After Hours

And whilst more celebrated Britpop warriors were driven into the Channel many moons ago, ‘tis The Bluetones whose style and smiles continue to melt hearts on sold-out tours. How do they endure, wonder record labels who long ago dispensed with...

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Bluetones  : The Singles

Bluetones : The Singles

From Hounslow they came, jangling their way through intricate chart defences courtesy of Mark Morris's soft-shoe shuffle and tunes that could melt the hardest Carhartt heart. Where most of their Camden-bred peers sang love songs with the...

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Bluetones /Leaves : London Shepherd's Bush Empire

Bluetones /Leaves : London Shepherd's Bush Empire

A bunch of early-20s hipsters in love with Doves and Radiohead , Icelandic five piece Leaves are everything most 'serious' bands aspire to. They're effortlessly epic, heartbreakingly poignant, anthemic and yet intimate. This is only their...

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Japan Osaka Club Quattro

Japan Osaka Club Quattro

As a double act, this bill does represent something of a British stereotype from days gone by. There's the Britain where bands of lads in suits play their songs with a smirk and a wink (The Bluetones). Then there's the Britain of Mods (Mover). To...

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Guildford Civic Hall

Guildford Civic Hall

Made for the first kiss, The Bluetones . For the first steps out into adolescence, into rock music, and into the trials of love, who you gonna call? That's right, you buy the T-shirt and then you call Embrace , you call Shed 7 , and most of...

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Guildford Civic Hall

Guildford Civic Hall

After a period of slightly random behaviour from The Bluetones in the last couple of months (there have been some less than sensible remarks in NME , they've played wearing butcher's outfits and the like) this was a show where one could witness...

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Science & Nature

Science & Nature

Amid the brouhaha surrounding The Bluetones ' recent ill-conceived comments in NME regarding English culture and the alleged 'dilution' thereof, a far more revealing admission slipped by unnoticed: "I don't want us to be big," Mark Morriss...

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Cambridge Junction

Cambridge Junction

Who do you think you are kidding, Mr Morriss ? The 'Tones march out into the no-man's-land of their current pop status dressed as Dad's Army butchers. Oh yes. Meat vendors, postwar style. For one night only we get Lance Corporal Jones-type...

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Glasgow Barrowlands

Glasgow Barrowlands

Who says the stars don't care? MARK MORRISS throws his last bottle of water underarm into the front rows of the audience. "Pass it round," he mouths to the lucky recipient. Ah, generosity, the spirit of sharing - and it isn't even Christmas...

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