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We played Shonen Knife’s 985th gig/end of tour party and it was also smallgang’s album launch for ‘san’. Toshi joined us on extra guitar for an epic solo ridden ‘Blue Fugue’.
Jen from SBL joined smallgang and Atsuko played with Shonen Knife for the encore and it was a great night. Everybody’s loves Atsuko, she should still be rocking in bands!
Such a hipster venue though, the SK regular fans stood round the corner hiding from the trendy kids but despite the artifice and venue poster/social media fail it was almost sold out and sound was ace. We’ll miss Naoko, Atsuko, Ritsuko, Emi and all the DOGE comedy we had this tour.
Pictures from Matt & Janice
Damnably promoted 6 of the Shonen Knife gigs around the UK on this years ‘Overdrive’ tour and 3 of them Sold Out and the others did really well. We helped do the door, played some along with smallgang and we hung out with Gareth in Bristol and Cardiff, Ally in Glasgow, Sab in Brighton and met some lovely people along the way. We had so much fun, sold some CD’s and some people liked what we did. Shonen Knife really rocked out and the crowds went totally nuts each night. The highlights were the band learning DOGE and Atsuko singing ‘Heatwave’ and drumming and singing ‘I Am A Cat’. Weirdest thing was a video interview in Leicester.
We will play in Leicester on Magic Teapot’s stage for Handmade Festival, which is a multi-venue
affair with some great acts on including our friends Shonen Knife and Echolocation.
Smallgang & Shonen Knife have new albums out so are touring a lot of the UK & we will join them in Leicester, Coventry, Bristol, Cardiff, Brighton and London.
We’re stoked ‘A Love Like Infinity’ was voted #19 in the ‘Hogmanay Hundred’. That’s Ally Gourlay’s Art School Dancing Castle FM (Edinburgh) Radio show top 100 of the year as voted for by listeners-like Peels Festive 50,
‘Blue Fugue’ made it to #15 on ‘Left Of Centre’ on Morlands FM radio (also listener voted) and Former Utopia had an Honorable mention in Ken Katkin’s Trash Flow radio (Cincinnati based) best of 2013 list here.
Ken used to run Homestead Records and put out many of the records we love (SEAM, Bratmobile, Tsunami, Sebadoh etc)and he’s been doing radio for 30 years now, so we’re really pleased with that.
George and Russ posted their best of 2013 lists on damnably’s blog here
Russell’s Wolf Choir played the ‘London Mattathon‘ and the live set is streaming below with the latest Damnably Radio show (#74)
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