The NME stamp of approval can be both a blessing and a curse. The magazine has an almost unparelled sway over rock, pop and indie tastes in the UK, however some of the more tabloid style sensationalism of the magazine has certainly disillusioned some music fans by “over-publicizing” certain bands. Either way, whatever your opinion may be of NME, it’s hard to deny that they are still one of the foremost expotents for promoting new music from rising new acts. A fact personified by their Emerge NME Radar tours, which will roll out over Britain this October. This year, the tour will feature Wolf Gang, S.C.U.M, Nicki & The Dove and DZ Deathrays.
Idiosyncratic pop meastro Max McElligott, AKA Wolf Gang, has signed to Atlantic and certainly possesses the outlandish panache of a future star; his songs are polished and full of varying ideas and concepts. We interviewed Max recently (which you can read here) and spoke to him about his noticable rise to prominence.
Despite looking and sounding a bit like “the goth kids” from South Park, what we’ve heard so far from London shoegazers S.C.U.M has been fairly promising. Lead single ‘Amber Hands’ was a wash a guitar noise, bright synths and a knowing apathetic vocal snarl. Recently signed to Mute, the band’s debut album Again Into Eyes is due for release on 12th September.
This year the tour will be swinging through Oxford, at the Oxford o2 Academy 2 on October 14th. For full tour details, please see underneath:
2 OCT – EXETER PHOENIX
3 OCT – BRISTOL THEKLA
4 OCT – PORTSMOUTH WEDGEWOOD ROOMS
5 OCT – NOTTINGHAM RESCUE ROOMS
7 OCT – BIRMINGHAM O2 ACADEMY2
8 OCT – MANCHESTER CLUB ACADEMY
9 OCT – NEWCASTLE O2 ACADEMY2
10 OCT – GLASGOW KING TUTS
12 OCT – LEEDS COCKPIT
13 OCT – NORWICH WATERFRONT
14 OCT – OXFORD O2 ACADEMY2
16 OCT – STOKE SUGARMILL
17 OCT – BRIGHTON CONCORDE2
18 OCT – LONDON KOKO
You can purchase tickets from: http://www.nme.com/tickets