Less Than Jake UK Tour

Less Than Jake have announced a UK tour in November, with support from Zebrahead.

04 Oxford, Academy
05 Norwich, UEA
06 Birmingham, Academy
07 Leeds, Academy Leeds
08 London, Forum London
09 Cardiff, Millennium Music Hall
10 Bristol, Academy Bristol
12 Portsmouth, Pyramid Centre
13 Nottingham, Rock City Nottingham
14 Peterborough,The Cresset
16 Manchester, Academy
17 Newcastle, Academy
18 Edinburgh, Picture House

Lock-Up Stage Announced For Reading & Leeds

The bands who will play the Lock-Up stage at this years Reading & Leeds festivals have been announced:

Friday 27th August (Reading)/ Sunday 29th August (Leeds):
Alkaline Trio, Sick Of It All, Against Me!, Hatebreed, Streetlight Manifesto, Strike Anywhere, This Is Hell, Static Thought, Civet, The Skints, Crazy Arm and Blood Or Whiskey.

Saturday 28th August (Reading)/ Friday 27th August (Leeds):
Bad Religion, The Get Up Kids, Cancer Bats, Zebrahead, Crime In Stereo, RX Bandits, Trash Talk, Paint It Black, Off With Their Heads and Moral Dilemma.

More Bands Announced For Download

30 more bands have been announced for the UK Download Festival:

As I Lay Dying, Atreyu, Breed 77, Cancer Bats, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, The Damned Things, Enuff Z’nuff, Flyleaf, Glamour Of The Kill, Halestorm, Holy Grail, Michael Monroe, No Americana, Nonpoint, Panic Cell, Porcupine Tree, Revoker, Rock Sugar, Senser, Slash, Straight Lines, Sweethead, Sybreed, Tiger Please, Tyketto, The Used, White Wizzard, Year Long Disaster, Young Guns & Zebrahead

Interview – MC Lars

We caught up with MC Lars before his support slot with Zebrahead in Glasgow. Here’s what he had to say about his upcoming album, his songwriting process and his long term future:

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Zebrahead – Glasgow Garage – 29/03/10

A cold night in Glasgow, rain and snow everywhere. Perfect night for a Zebrahead show then!

The first band to hit the stage were LA pop/punk band Orange. They were a really fun way to start the night, with some really cool songs. They aren’t breaking barriers, but what they do is really enjoyable and the fans certainly enjoyed their set. The highlight was their superb cover of Help, by The Beatles

Up next was the fantastic MC Lars, bursting straight into Space Game. He really got the crowd going, especially with Straight Outta Stockholm sung to the Super Mario theme song. Lars and DJ were joined by Ben and Ed from Zebrahead for the second half of set, Playing songs like White Kids Aren’t Hyphy, No Logo, Download This Song and my personal highlight Hot Topic Is Not Punk Rock

Finally Zebrahead took to the stage, opening with Hell Yeah, the band played plenty tracks from their most recent studio album (of original material) Phoenix. The crowd went crazy for them, and you could tell the band were having a fantastic time on stage. The band played songs from almost all of their studio albums, Jag Off, from Waste of Mind/Yellow was fantastic, Ali told the crowd to sit down at one point during this song, and every single person did it. Some other highlight of the set was Playmate Of The Year, where the crowd were told to show their “ninjas”, Rescue Me, HMP and Anthem. Near the end of the set, the band played their new single The Juggernauts and were joined onstage by the members of Orange, MC Lars and DJ and even some of the road crew to sing along in the chorus.

In all, this was a fantastic night, On the way out, I saw smiles from ear to ear on every single persons face!

MC Lars UK Headlining Dates

MC Lars will be back in the UK after his support slot with Zebrahead for a short tour:

April 1, 2010 – Bristol, UK – Talking Heads
April 3, 2010 – Oxford, UK – O2 Academy 2
April 4, 2010 – Cardiff, UK – Barfly
April 5, 2010 – Exeter, UK – Cavern
April 6, 2010 – Liverpool, UK – Masque

K.Flay will support him.

I’m slightly annoyed at the lack of a Scottish date, but I’ll catch him supporting Zebrahead.

Remember if you have any questions for MC Lars I will be interviewing him soon, so get them in!!

Attention MC Lars & Bowling For Soup Fans…

DistortedNews will be interviewing them over the next few months, so if you have a question you want to ask them send them in now, either in a comment, a twitter reply to @DistortedNews24 or @SamLStowe or you could email us at Distortednews@live.com.

There will also be reviews of the gigs and if all things go to plan, the interviews will also be on the DN podcast which I am currently trying to get set up.

Things are looking great for DN in 2010, will you join us in the journey?