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The Nightingales Tickets In Newport, United Kingdom
About The Nightingales
Post Punk, Punk
Saturday, June 2nd, 2018
7:30 PM
Le Pub
LE PUB, 1 CAXTON PLACE, BRIDGE STREET, Newport, United Kingdom
Birmingham's original punk group The Prefects had been part of The Clash's 'White Riot Tour', recorded a couple of Peel sessions, released a 45 on Rough Trade and, years after splitting up, had a retrospective CD released by NY label Acute Records to all round glowing reviews from Rolling Stone to webzines.

The Nightingales was formed by former members of The Prefects following that band's demise in 1979.

Described in John Robb's definitive book on post punk (Death To Trad Rock) as The misfits' misfits and comprising an ever fluctuating line up, based around lyricist/singer Robert Lloyd, the Nightingales enjoyed cult status in the early '80's as darlings of the credible music scene and were championed by John Peel, who said of them Their performances will serve to confirm their excellence when we are far enough distanced from the 1980's to look at the period rationally and other, infinitely better known, bands stand revealed as charlatans.

The group recorded a bunch of critically acclaimed singles (Almost always 'Single Of The Week' in the music press) and three albums, plus many radio sessions for their great supporter Peel. They also regularly toured the UK and Northern Europe, as headliners and supporting acts as diverse as Bo Diddley and Nico.

In the late Eighties the Nightingales stopped working but, following the occasional gig between times, they re-grouped in 2004.

After fucking about with various part timers, starry eyed wastrels, precious sorts and mercenaries the group arrived at it's current line up, which features Lloyd, Andreas Schmid from Faust on bass, ex Violet Violet drummer Fliss Kitson and on guitar James Smith, who Lloyd had spotted playing with Damo Suzuki.

Since restarting the group have been more productive than ever releasing five 7″ vinyl singles, two 10″ EPs and six studio albums, touring England, mainland Europe and USA numerous times, recording many radio sessions along the way.

They have been invited to play various festivals in Europe and the States, including Glastonbury and SXSW. Their Let's Think About Living 45 was 'Single Of The Week' on BBC 6 Music and they have continued to receive regular rave reviews for their records and live shows.

The group's most recent trio of albums No Love Lost (Cooking Vinyl 2012), For Fuck's Sake (no label 2014) and Mind Over Matter (Louder Than War 2015) were all produced by bassist Schmid at Faust Studio in Germany, where he is the house engineer.

No Love Lost was described by Mojo as Brilliant. One of the fiercest and most exhilarating rock records in ages and the record featured guests, Hans-Joachim Irmler, founder of krautrock legends Faust, on keyboards and, semi regular collaborator, U.S avant-garde composer, Katherine Young on bassoon.

Their next album For Fuck's Sake was a self released, limited edition vinyl only LP with no distribution (Nor label or barcode) and available only at the bands gigs. Described as a minor masterpiece by Uncut the record quickly sold out.

Following the release of Mind Over Matter an album considered their best ever in certain quarters the group played an extensive tour of UK and Ireland prior to a batch of dates on the U.S West Coast and a tour of Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Hungary.

In 2016 the Nightingales again toured the UK in Spring and Autumn and played a series of festivals over the Summer. They also recorded a new six song mini album Become Not Becoming which was released in early 2017.

This 10″ EP will be followed by a 7″ single in May 2018 with another new album in September to be released by their latest label Tiny Global Productions.

The band will be playing a few shows in England earlier in the year with a full UK and European tour later on to coincide with the next album.
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