13 February 2013

ME Live In Manchester - 8th March At Dry Bar


ME Live In Manchester - 8th March At Dry Bar

Australian four-piece ME will be releasing their debut album Even The Odd Ones Out on Lizard King Records on 25th February 2013. The theatrical rockers spent 2012 in the UK touring with the likes of Kasabian, Twin Atlantic, Panic! at the Disco and King Charles in between numerous festival dates and their own headline shows at London’s Proud Galleries and The Sebright Arms.

ME are Luke Ferris (voice, guitar, piano), Damian Tapley (lead guitar), Michael Godde (bass) and Spike Rogers (drums). The band wanted a playful album title and one that offered several meanings. It also hints at the band’s diverse style making them hard to pin down musically. “We are a little in the odd ones out category” says frontman Luke. “I love big rock bands with killer riffs and grooves, but I also love great vocals, harmonies, orchestral works and bad ass choirs. So we have just thrown loads of different ingredients into the pot because they are the flavours we enjoy.” The 12 tracks on the album are the culmination of “five great years in Melbourne, surrounded by a thriving music scene and embracing musical community” says Luke.

The record opens with the twisted nursery crime theatrics of Hoo Ha ("Mirror, mirror, on the wall, a vain bunch aren't we all"), frequent live opener and a track that really does set the tone of this epic, rock opera of an album. New single Vampire!! Vampire!! is a three-minute head rush about the band’s hatred of reality television culture and specifically its creators. “Do yourself a favour, turn the television off, read a book or go support local live music”, offers Luke. Previous single Rock and Roll Dandy is a ridiculously catchy homage to past musical glories (or ‘like Suede gone to Download’ according to Q Magazine), steam punk magnum opus Westward Backwards is the band’s perfect calling card and Trails in the Sky a slice of magnificent orchestral hugeness that hints at the band’s stadium filling ambitions.

The album was recorded in the UK and produced by ‘Barny’ Barnicott (Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap). The full track listing runs as follows: Hoo Ha; Trails In The Sky; Rock and Roll Dandy; Like A Fox; Westward Backwards; Carousel; Working Life; Under The Sun; Vampire!! Vampire!!; Choral; Your Favourite Colour; Their Song.

ME open the main stage at Australia’s Big Day Out Festival in January 2013 and return to the UK in March for a headline tour.  March 3rd – The Leopard, Doncaster; March 4th – The Duchess, York; March 5th – Barfly, London; March 6th – King Tuts, Glasgow; March 7th – Think Tank, Newcastle; March 8th – Dry Bar, Manchester; March 11th – Kasbah, Coventry

“ME look set to make a big splash…they sound huge, dramatic and unutterably exciting” Kerrang!

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