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Bands to Watch #191: Tubelord

By on Thursday, 26th August 2010 at 12:00 pm

Words by Luke Morton

Having read a review of their debut LP ‘Our First American Friends’ last year and upon hearing that they’re playing in Lincoln next month, I thought it was time to check out London’s indie math rockers Tubelord. This is not a move I regret.

The happy singalong pop feel mixed with the minimalist synthesised indie noise is something that isn’t going to grow old quickly. Sounding fresh each time I press play, Tubelord will undoubtedly be one of the biggest things on the UK music scene.

Signing with Hassle Records in 2009 (whose roster includes such fantastic artists as Cancer Bats, Alkaline Trio and Trash Talk), they’re destined for more fame. With a long string of UK dates stretching from now until early October (see dates at the end of this post), get down and see these guys before ticket prices skyrocket and the hipster kids get wind of this band.

Tracks such as ‘Stacey’s Left Arm’ and ‘Ratchet’ will stick with you all day and are filled with such joy and passion you can’t help but be impressed. However, there’s also the experimental side to the music: it’s not just three chords and a synth, their sound is anything but generic. Strange time signatures coupled with a raw and imaginative sound leaves a lasting impression, but it’s the catchy lyrics that prove Tubelord are more than just another underground British band. Watch the video for their song ‘Propeller’ below.


Tuesday 21st September 2010 – Leeds Cockpit
Wednesday 22nd September 2010 – Sheffield Harley
Friday 24th September 2010 – Northampton Labour Club
Saturday 25th September 2010 – Lincoln SCY
Monday 27th September 2010 – Norwich Marquee
Tuesday 28th September 2010 – Nottingham Central
Wednesday 29th September 2010 – Reading Face Bar
Thursday 30th September 2010 – High Wycombe Nags Head
Friday 1st October 2010 – Brighton Audio
Saturday 2nd October 2010 – Cambridge Portland Arms
Sunday 3rd October 2010 – Cardiff Buffalo Bar
Monday 4th October 2010 – Falmouth 5 Degrees Below
Tuesday 5th October 2010 – Exeter Cavern
Thursday 7th October 2010 – London Monto Water Rats
Friday 8th October 2010 – Portsmouth Kraken Wakes


Everything Everything / April-June 2010 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 4th May 2010 at 10:30 am

Manchester’s Everything Everything will be on an extensive tour of England through May, then joining supporting Keane on their UK Forest Tour in June.

Tuesday 27th April 2010 – Preston – 53 Degrees
Wednesday 28th April 2010 – Manchester – Academy 3
Friday 30th April 2010 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Saturday 1st May 2010 – Leeds – Live
Sunday 2nd May 2010 – Middlesborough – Teesside University
Tuesday 4th May 2010 – Oxford – Academy 2
Wednesday 5th May 2010 – Bristol – Thekla
Thursday 6th May 2010 – Wrexham – Central Station
Saturday 8th May 2010 – York – Duchess
Sunday 9th May 2010 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood
Monday 10th May 2010 – London – Koko
Tuesday 11th May 2010 – Norwich – Waterfront
Wednesday 12th May 2010 – Northampton – Roadmender
Friday 14th May 2010 – Brighton – Great Escape Festival
Saturday 15th May 2010 – Wolverhampton – Wulfrun Hall
Sunday 16th May 2010 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Monday 17th May 2010 – Leeds – Leeds Met University
Tuesday 18th May 2010 – London – Electric Ballroom
Wednesday 19th May 2010 – Liverpool – Soundcity O2 Academy
Friday 21st May 2010 – Manchester – Ritz
Monday 31st May 2010 – Gateshead – Evolution Festival
Thursday 10th June 2010 – Suffolk – Thetford Forest*
Friday 11th June 2010 – Kent – Bedgebury Pinetum*
Friday 18th June 2010 – Gloucestershire – Westonbirt Arboretum*
Saturday 19th June 2010 – Nottinghamshire – Sherwood Pines Forest*
Friday 25th June 2010 – North Yorkshire – Dalby Forest*
Saturday 26th June 2010 – Staffordshire – Cannock Chase Forest*
* supporting Keane


Hot Club de Paris / June 2010 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 15th April 2010 at 2:30 pm

Liverpudlians Hot Club de Paris have announced an extensive UK tour for June. The tour begins in Newcastle on 02 June and ends 30 June in Norwich. Tickets for this tour are on sale now.

The band plans to release a new EP entitled ‘The Rise and Inevitable Fall of the High School Suicide Cluster Band’ on 24 May. The EP will be available digitally and on limited hand-numbered 10″ vinyl with artwork they’ve done themselves. Their last release, the ‘With Days Like This as Cheap as Chewing Gum, Why Would Anyone Want to Work?’ EP (reviewed last month here at TGTF), is available now from Moshi Moshi records.

Wednesday 2nd June 2010 – Newcastle, Offshore 44
Thursday 3rd June 2010 – Sunderland, TBA
Friday 4th June 2010 – Darlington, Inside Out
Tuesday 8th June 2010 – Manchester, Moho
Wednesday 9th June 2010 – Hull, Lamp
Thursday 10th June 2010 – Sheffield, DQ
Friday 11th June 2010 – Coventry, Kasbah
Saturday 12th June 2010 – Leigh, Bar Bliss
Tuesday 15th June 2010 – Portsmouth, Cellars
Wednesday 16th June 2010 – Exeter, Cavern Cub
Thursday 17th June 2010 – Leicester, Music Café
Friday 18th June 2010 – Northampton, Roadmenders
Saturday 19th June 2010 – Harlow, Square
Tuesday 22nd June 2010 – Stirling, Tollbooth
Wednesday 23th June 2010 – Aberdeen, Warehouse
Thursday 24th June 2010 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Friday 25th June 2010 – Carlisle, Brickyard
Saturday 26th June 2010 – Blackburn, Live Lounge
Tuesday 29th June 2010 – Guildford, Boiler Room
Wednesday 30th June 2010 – Norwich, Arts Centre


The Futureheads / April and May 2010 UK Tour

By on Friday, 26th March 2010 at 5:00 pm

Sunderland’s Futureheads will embark on a UK tour stating in April. In addition to these dates below, the band will also make appearances at Ursynalia Festival in Warsaw, Newcastle’s Evolution Weekender (previewed previously on TGTF) and Beach Break Festival in Carmarthenshire. Support on the second half of the tour will be their Sunderland peers Frankie and the Heartstrings.

I currently have an unhealthy addiction to their new single ‘Heartbeat Song’, so I’m looking at these dates with much envy.

Monday 26 April 2010 – Norwich, Arts Centre
Tuesday 27 April 2010 – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Wednesday 28 April 2010 – Leeds, Cockpit
Thursday 29 April 2010 – Glasgow, Oran Mor
Saturday 01 May 2010 – Middlesbrough, Empire (club show)
Sunday 02 May 2010 – Manchester, Academy 3
Monday 03 May 2010 – Sheffield, Leadmill
Tuesday 04 May 2010 – Birmingham, Academy 2
Thursday 06 May 2010 – London, Scala
Friday 07 May 2010 – Gloucester, Guildhall*
Saturday 08 May 2010 – Coventry, Kasbah (club night)*
Monday 10 May 2010 – Bristol, Thekla*
Tuesday 11 May 2010 – Exeter, Cavern*
Wednesday 12 May 2010 – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms*
Thursday 13 May 2010 – Northampton, Roadmenders*
* with Frankie and the Heartstrings

You can preorder the Futureheads’s forthcoming album ‘The Chaos’ here and one better, you’ll get a full download of the album by email ordering this way. The album will be officially released in the UK on 26 April 2010 on Nul Recordings.


The Joy Formidable / March-April 2010 UK Tour

By on Thursday, 4th March 2010 at 2:30 pm

North Wales band the Joy Formidable will be logging many miles travelled as they trek across the UK in March and April on tour. Note that four dates in Scotland originally slated for the start of the tour have been rescheduled for early April. Catch the band on the dates below.

Their new single ‘Popinjay’ is now available as a digital download, with a limited run of 500 7″ vinyl singles planned for 5 April.

Sunday 14th March 2010 – Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Monday 15th March 2010 – Liverpool, Korova
Tuesday 16th March 2010 – Nottingham, Bodega
Wednesday 17th March 2010 – Leeds, Cockpit
Friday 19th March 2010 – Cambridge, Portland
Saturday 20th March 2010 – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
Sunday 21st March 2010 – Oxford, O2 Academy 2
Monday 22nd March 2010 – Brighton, Audio
Wednesday 24th March 2010 – London, Electric Ballroom
Thursday 25th March 2010 – Southampton, Joiners
Friday 26th March 2010 – Bristol, Start the Bus
Saturday 27th March 2010 – Cardiff, Barfly
Monday 29th March 2010 – Northampton, Roadmenders
Tuesday 30th March 2010 – Sheffield, O2 Academy 2
Wednesday 31st March 2010 – Newcastle, O2 Academy 2
Thursday 1st April 2010 – Wrexham, Central Station
Saturday 3rd April 2010 – Glasgow, King Tuts
Sunday 4th April 2010 – Inverness, Madhatters
Monday 5th April 2010 – Aberdeen, Snafu
Tuesday 6th April 2010 – Dundee, Fat Sams

MP3: The Joy Formidable – The Greatest Light is the Greatest Shade
MP3: The Joy Formidable – Cradle
MP3: The Joy Formidable – Austere
MP3: The Joy Formidable – While the Flies


Delphic / March 2010 UK Tour

By on Tuesday, 2nd February 2010 at 9:00 am

Delphic are cementing their name as one of 2010’s brightest stars by playing another tour, this time throughout the middle of March.

Catch them at:

Thursday 4th March 2010 – Middlesbrough Teeside University
Saturday 6th March 2010 – Dublin Propaganda @ The Academy
Sunday 7th March 2010 – Stoke Sugarmill
Tuesday 9th March 2010 – Northampton Roadmender
Wednesday 10th March 2010 – Wigan Club Nirvana
Thursday 11th March 2010 – Edinburgh Studio 24
Friday 12th March 2010 – Newcastle Digital
Sunday 14th March 2010 – Birmingham Academy
Monday 15th March 2010 – London Heaven
Tuesday 16th March 2010 – Cambridge Junction
Wednesday 17th March 2010 – Manchester Sankeys
Friday 19th March 2010 – Sheffield Leadmill
Saturday 20th March 2010 – Southampton University


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