On Friday the 18th October Thee Faction return to Newport, South Wales – just a few miles from Ebbw Vale, of At Ebbw Vale fame. There’s only one venue we play in Newport: Le Pub. Once again we team up with the comrades of Give Me Memphis – South Wales’s best kept secret (go and keep in touch with them on Facebook). It is going to be a fantastic evening. If you’re anywhere out West, get yourself down there. We reckon the catchment area for this one is from Swindon to Haverfordwest, and we’ve posted a lot of Thee Faction albums to comrades along that stretch, so we expect you all to be there. It’s going to be tremendous.
If you really can’t make this one, don’t worry – we’re back in South Wales on the 24th November at Cardiff MindFest. More details on this once Newport’s done.
Oh, the other news is that the No Pasaran event in December is sold out. Sorry if you missed out. The only non-sold out chance to see us in England this year looks like the Buffalo Bar in Islington on the 28th November. So put that in your diary. In fact, given the tendency of things to sell out at the moment, order your tickets now.
On Friday 16th November 2012 Thee Faction return to Gwent. You are all aware of the samizdat recording of At Ebbw Vale, on that legendary night, all those years ago. Well next Friday we will be just down the road from Ebbw Vale. In Newport.
Our fine comrades Give Me Memphis are launching their tremendous new album Fore at their home venue of Le Pub, in Caxton Place, Newport. It has been 13 years since their last album, which we weren’t around for the launch of, as it came out during our ‘wilderness years’. So it is an honour to be with them to launch this one.
You’ll have seen Give Me Memphis plenty of times, either backing or supporting that legend of Socialist RnB Jon Langford. But here they’ll be in their rightful place: headlining Le Pub and showcasing what is genuinely a fantastic record. And we will be warming the crowd up with our own Socialist RnB, treating it as the ‘Welsh Launch’ for Singing Down the Government, our new album.*
If you are one of the many people who contacts us saying: ‘why don’t you ever play in South Wales/the West of England?’ then this is your opportunity to see us not far from home. Seize the opportunity. Come to the show, and take home copies of Fore and of Singing Down the Government.
This gig is going to be enormous. See you there. Wear your best clothes.
*or, at least, this is what we’re telling Dai Nasty and Baby Face, to humour their infantile bourgeois Welsh patriotic tendencies.