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(no subject) [Jul. 22nd, 2009|12:05 pm]
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FYI if anyone was going to this, from the NME:

The La's and The Rascals have both pulled out of this weekend's (July 24-26) Tramlines festival, organisers have announced.

A statement posted on Tramlines.org explained that despite the bands cancelling their appearances at the multi-venue festival, it will still go ahead as planned.

"As is the way with all festivals, the acts have been chopping and changing as we get closer to the event. There have been some fantastic recent additions - including Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Frankmusic, Just Jack and Athlete.

"Sadly, we have had confirmation from The La's and The Rascals that they will not be able to make the festival this year."

Tramlines has been curated by Reverend And The Makers' Jon McClure, Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders and Toddla T.

The La's' appearance at the festival was due to be their first official gig since 2005. Band leader Lee Mavers has played several low key shows in London recently with Babyshambles' bassist Drew McConnell, who revealed in May that the duo were looking to audition a drummer and guitarist in time for Tramlines.

"The band have been rehearsing heavily but do not feel that they are quite ready to play a full gig," the statement continued.

Speaking about the Liverpool legends' cancellation, McClure said he was still positive about the festival.

"It's a real shame that the lads won't be able to make it up for Tramlines. But at the same time there are over 150 bands and DJ's playing at the event - so whilst I was personally really looking forward to seeing The La's on stage - people will still be spoilt for choice all weekend."

McClure will now cover for The La's, playing a full 80-minute Reverend And The Makers set on the Devonshire Green Main Stage, starting at 7:40pm (BST).
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(no subject) [Jun. 3rd, 2009|09:39 am]
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Drew and Sam Duckworth wrote a short piece on the LMHR Festival for the Mirror:

Cast your eyes over the charts and you'd be forgiven for thinking music and politics don't mix. But you'd be wrong to conclude young people don't care about political issues.

Anyone at Love Music Hate Racism's festival in Stoke last Saturday can tell you there's a new generation proud to take a public stand against racism and the British National Party (BNP).

There's a natural fit between loving music and hating racism. What would our music be like today without the influence of blues, rock, jazz, reggae and soul? Music is a living example of how black and white are stronger and richer together. That's why we believe musicians have the right and duty to speak out against the racism the BNP is obsessed with.

The BNP hates events like the Stoke LMHR festival because they show most people's instincts are anti-racist. Who would want to go to a BNP organised gig when all the best artists are proud to stand up for black and white unity? The Stoke event was a real honour to play and we hope events like it will inspire more young people to join the anti-BNP campaign.

We'd like to thank everyone involved but especially event organisers Lee Billingham and Weyman Bennett from Love Music Hate Racism, and everyone at Stoke City FC and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Sam Duckworth and Drew McConnell are on the LMHR Artists Committee - an informal group of musicians including Reverend & The Makers, Roll Deep, Bashy, Jerry Dammers and Radio 1 DJ MistaJam.

To find out more go to www.lovemusichateracism.com or email info@lovemusichateracism.com.
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(no subject) [Apr. 13th, 2009|08:35 pm]
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Hey guys,
I have a request. I'm looking for a pic of Drew and Luca, it used to be on Myspace but it's gone now and I didn't save it, sadly. It's black and white and they're in someone's livingroom, there's a bed (or something similar) at both the left and right side of the picture and they are each sitting on one. It'd be great if someone had it!
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hello all! [Apr. 13th, 2009|12:49 pm]
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I am SO SO glad to find this community!! I watch the Ribticklin video every morning when I wake up so I have a good day!
I put up a Drew picspam a little while ago (some Pete pics with Drew as well of course) on my journal, even though I really don't have any Drew fans on my flist YET--I think you'll all enjoy!

All sorts of delicious here
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(no subject) [Mar. 4th, 2009|11:02 pm]
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Drew posted on FDW - he's playing Thursday night at Proud Galleries in Camden.

now as interneta-twatic as i am surely its not just my laptop freaking out or has this forum gone weird up O'Mental? Not post wise but layout/can'tviewboardsunlessyouloginmagregor? Oh my but i fear i will never understand the tinterwebbles as long(which isn't very long, truth in short) as i try to.
ANYHOYSANAWAYS I'm playing with I Blame Coco tonight at Proud Galleries Camden for a very nifty cause -a fundraiser for a gang of straight up smart people who get war-torn areas to hold a ceasefire so redcross/medcaine sans frontiers etc can get to those they cannot otherwise reach- so if you're anywhere in North London come along. It's one of those really, REALLY worthwhile causes. Really. Hope everyone's ok. p.s. apologies to Mr [login Wolfman] who I met at gaslight jail guitar doors in Hornsy the other day, I really am shit at remembering faces, but thank you so much for coming up and saying hi, you were a perfect gentleman.

big up the FDB Massive

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Mongrel album free with The Independent [Mar. 2nd, 2009|07:34 pm]
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'Better than heavy', the 11-track debut album of indie supergroup Mongrel will be given away with The Independent print edition on Saturday 7 March.

There'll also be an interview and all.

Says The Independent.
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(no subject) [Mar. 2nd, 2009|09:42 am]
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Helsinki news in the NME.

Helsinki, one of the musical side-projects of Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell, are planning to release a full-length album before the end of 2009.

The band, which features a rotating group of musicians including The Strokes' Albert Hammond, Jr., Fionn Regan and Kid Harpoon among others, are planning a 12-track album – with ten of the songs already recorded.

McConnell told NME.COM, "Helsinki is an entity that came into being unwittingly, a cloud of friends who at many points over the last two years found ourselves gigging and recording a handful of my songs for disparate reasons, ranging from charity endeavours to just finding ourselves in the same city with a few days to kill with itchy fingers.

"We've now cut 10 studio tracks and plan to record two more and release a Helsinki record before the end of the year."
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2009|12:47 pm]
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Gigwise has a positive review of Mongrel's album.
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(no subject) [Feb. 1st, 2009|02:40 pm]
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Drew just posted on FDW under Peter's login:

Hello all its drew here. I'm in Norwich on the 1st date of this little MONGREL tour and I'm very excited. we're playing little venues and its gonna be a right laugh. come see us and say hello (we're manning our own t shirt stall) if we come anywhere near your town x.

dates are:

Norwich Waterfront (February 1)
Oxford Academy (2)
Bristol Fleece (3)
Stoke Sugarmill (5)
Glasgow King Tut's (6)
Middlesbrough Arena (7)
Nottingham Brownes (8)
York Duchess (10)
Manchester Academy (11)
Brighton Coalition (13)
Sheffield Plug (14)
London Scala (18)

love you guys.
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All that myspace stalking pays off sometimes... [Jan. 18th, 2009|05:56 pm]
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3 more christmas-era pictures from Drew's MyspaceCollapse )
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