And the hotly-tipped outfit will also be hitting the road...

Nine Black Alps release their debut single proper next month.

Following their limited edition debut on Manchester-based independent Melodic, the hotly-tipped nu-grungers release a new version of ‘Shot Down’, the demo that first got them noticed, on February 28 through Island.

The track, along with the rest of their forthcoming debut album, was recorded with Rob Schnapf (Elliott Smith / Beck) at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound studios.

Kaiser Chiefs play a sold-out ShockWaves NME Awards Show on February 16 with The Tears, The Magic Numbers and The Dead 60s at London Astoria, along with the following headline dates:

Glasgow King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut (February 11)

Middlesbrough Empire (12)

Leeds Faversham (13)

London Astoria (ShockWaves NME Awards Show) (16)

Cambridge APU (17)

Bristol Metropole (18)

Cardiff Barfly (19)

York Fibbers (21)

Leicester Sumo (22)

Nottingham Social (23)

Lincoln University (24)

Then, they support Kaiser Chiefs throughout April on the following dates:

Manchester Academy 2 (16)

Newcastle Northumbria University (17)

Cambridge Junction (19)

Bristol University (20)

Cardiff University (21)

London Astoria (22)

Oxford Zodiac (24)

Brighton Concorde (25)

For ticket availability to the headline shows, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

For ticket availability to the Kaiser Chiefs shows, [url=]click here or call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.