The Long Blondes gear up for NME New Music Tour 2006

The returning heroes excited about playing hometown

The Long Blondes have said they are looking forward to playing hometown of Sheffield on this year’s NME New Music Tour 2006.

The band missed the first few dates of tour but joined Boy Kill Boy,The Automatic and ¡Forward, Russia! at Glasgow QMU last night.

“It will be nice to go back to our hometown,” Dorian said. “It’s nice to see the fans we’ve got there and give the finger to the bouncers! Our families will be coming down too. The venue’s big enough, so their cries of ‘That’s my son!’ will be drowned out by the crowd. It’s embarrassing if it’s a small venue and your mum is at the front with a video camera!”

The band, who replaced Howling Bells on the line-up, had just returned from Mexico when they joined the tour last night (May 10).

“We felt like we just got off the plane and went straight onstage. It was a bit hectic but really good fun. All the bands have really different sounds, so it’s a really great line up,” Dorian told us. “After the show we had a bit of kick around with The Automatic’s football, which was fun.”

NME New Music Tour 2006 visits:

Middlesbrough Empire (11)

Manchester University (12)

Portsmouth Pyramid (14)

Leicester University (15)

Cambridge Junction (16)

Norwich UEA (18)

Sheffield Leadmill (19) (No Forward Russia)

Liverpool Carling Academy (20)

Oxford Brookes University (23)

London Electric Ballroom (24)

For ticket availability go to NME.COM/GIGS or call them on 0870 1 663 663.