New Model Army to release new album

new-model-armyNew Model Army are a legendary global underground cult band. Formed by Justin Sullivan in Bradford in 1980, their beginnings were inspired by Punk Rock, Northern Soul and the incendiary atmosphere of the times. Since then, they have had a long, creative and eventful journey. They have been massively influential in ‘post-punk’, ‘folk-rock’, ‘politico-rock’, ‘goth’, ‘metal’ and all kinds of musical sub-cultures but have successfully resisted belonging to any of these categories or genres. After nearly thirty years, they have never lost the ability to change, to thrill or to challenge and they remain central to the lives of thousands of fans from all walks of life spread across the world.  A breakthrough appearance on live music TV show ‘The Tube’ was followed by a No.1 independent album, two major record deals, top 40 singles, a controversial live performance on Top Of The Pops, countless festival appearances and thousands of enthralling live performances. Never afraid to experiment and never concerned by the fripperies of modern media New Model Army have carved a successful curve around the music industry norm. Having grasped early on that the Internet was going to revolutionise music, from the mid 1990s they set out on the now-fashionable wholly independent path, controlling all aspects of their output. As a result they have been perfectly placed to withstand the changes in the industry and have outlasted most of their peers. There are very few older bands in NMA’s position of still being able to record and release what they like, when they like, maintaining, and in recent years increasing, a worldwide following, without making a single compromise.  In September this year they will release their eleventh studio album entitled ‘Today Is A Good Day’. Mostly written last autumn in the wake of the Wall Street Collapse (an event celebrated in the white-hot opening title track), the recording was postponed by the sudden and unexpected death at Christmas of Tommy Tee, the band’s long-time friend and manager. However, with another long-time friend Chris Kimsey (notable for his work with the Rolling Stones, Jimmy Cliff, Killing Joke and countless others), at the controls, the album is now finished – once again filled with unclassifiable music and challenging lyrical ideas. The album tour will begin with a month in North America (where the band have an eventful history), continue through Europe until Christmas and on into spring 2010.  Originally formed as a three piece, the current five piece line up features, along-side Sullivan on vocals & guitar, Michael Dean on drums, Nelson on bass, Dean White on keyboards and Marshall Gill on lead guitar. This is a remarkable band – as hungry and focussed as ever, with a continually regenerating audience and insatiable creative ambition.

Paul Weller announces a UK tour

paul-weller-rtvPaul Weller announces a UK tour throughout November & December 2009. This time around Paul will be playing a slightly more eclectic bunch of places than usual.  2009 has been another great year for Paul with his 2008 album ’22 Dreams’ still picking up plaudits including ‘Best Album’ at this year’s ‘Mojo Honours’. And of course his 2009 Brit Award for ‘Best UK Male Solo Artist’.  Paul is currently working up on his follow-up to ’22 Dreams’ which will be released sometime during Spring 2010.  The 14 dates are as follows:

Wed 25th Derby, Assembly Room 01332 255 413
Thu 26th Norwich, UEA 01603 508050
Sat 28th Preston, Guildhall 0845 344 2012
Sun 29th Glasgow, Barrowlands 0141 204 5151
Mon 30th Dundee, Caird Hall 01382 434 94

Wed 2nd Halifax, Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
Thu 3rd Carlisle, Sands Centre 01228 625 222
Fri 4th Bridlington, Spa 01262 678 258
Sun 6th Bradford, St George’s Hall 01274 432 000
Mon 7th Llandudno, Venue Cymru 01492 872 000
Tue 8th Portsmouth, Guildhall 023 9282 4355
Thu 10th Margate, Winter Gardens 01843 292 795
Fri 11th Coventry, Warwick Arts Centre 024 7652 4524
Sat 12th Cambridge Corn Exchange 01223 357 8

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