London dates, 2011 European tour, Christmas release and the opinion starts here.
Caught up with Graeme from the band. "Apart from supporting the Pogues on 21st Dec - we are doing a lot of London gigs in December into the new year"
Saturday Dec 4 Hooper’s Bar, Ivanhoe Road, Dulwich, SE5
Wednesday Dec 8 Power’s Bar, 332 Kilburn High Road London NW6 2QN
Saturday Dec 11 Skehan’s Bar, Kitto Road, SE14
Saturday Dec 18 The Cell, 333 Old Street, Hoxton, EC1V 9LE
Tuesday Dec 21 The Pogues Xmas Party @ The Jamm, Brixton, SW2
Friday Jan 7 Urban Golf, Tube Station, Kensington High St, W8 5SF
Wednesday Feb 16 Power’s Bar, 332 Kilburn High Road London NW6 2QN
Thursday Feb 24 Bar Music Hall, 134 Curtain Road, Shoreditch , EC2A 3AR
"We have a single out at the moment - "Let's All Hear The Christmas Cheer" - a punky country song cut with a slap and tickle of Benny Hill available on itunes and all good download sites. Be playing it live at the shows, bringing a little light into everyone's lives with a simple tale of the over indulgence, mass comercialsm, marketing frenzy and "X"-cess that sums up the magic of Christmas these days!
We are touring Europe in May 2011 and hope after that to continue work on our new album and further consolidate plans for world domination."
With Central London turning into a no go zone for live music fantatics (aside from Tin Pan Alley and The Social) it was a shame when the West End's best blues bar was the latest venue to shut recently. What a shame, it was aural gold for the ears and a favourite haunt of those in the know. The 100 Club is under threat if it can't raise enough to save itself by Christmas. Star Soaked asked the Little Devils opinion.
"Charlotte Street Blues appeared to fall foul of Camden Council - we played there earlier this year - and had a great time - it's a shame to lose a central London venue - the Council must have their heads up their a**es - for God's sake - aren't times hard enuff for people - we need places like this - during summer there were loads of tourists in the place all really enjoying the music - it's embarassing to think of places like Chicago and Memphis that are not a patch on London - but have much better blues music venues - that are not restricted, constricted and otherwise screwed by the councils. People travel to Chicago from England just to go to the blues bars! Why can't we do things properly?
I hope the 100 Club doesn't go the same way - but we have to re-evaluate how music is presented in London.
There are a few things I would like to see discussed:
Open Mic nites - free entertainment / money for landlords - sod all for musicians - discuss!
Pay to play - bring 30 people to gig or do gig for nowt - discuss!
Bands playing for nothing - no cover charge - musicians selling themselves cheap - discuss!
Over exposure, over saturation, over kill - and no quality control - you can see a band playing most nights for free - good idea? What place has live music in today's society - we have over saturated the market - why pay to see a band? Why buy a band's album?
I am all for bands creating their own music and retaining control and creating their own cottage industry - building fan base thru playing - and little devils busk, play un-plugged, semi plugged and bloody loud! We can make friends everywhere we go - that's how we want it - but the world is awash with music pouring out of every hole - and it devalues the word "music" - it's a cheapened worthless commodity when it is everywhere. I would love to see some ideas on how we can claw back the value of music - it has to start with musicians - tho where and how it ends - i dunno!
Wow, did i say that?
Got to be starting something...."Graeme - little devils
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