Friday, May 07, 2010

TONIGHT IN MANCHESTER: Misty's Big Adventure

The day after the General Election, a hung parliament and the spectre of a Tory regime still hangs over us. On such a depressing and uncertain day, what better band to see play live tonight than Misty’s Big Adventure? The eight piece band from Birmingham, England play a kaleidoscopic mix of jazz, lounge, psychedelia, two tone, pop and punk “producing the most uplifting, life affirming tunes you will hear since Louis Armstrong played with the Lovin' Spoonful”.

And the band have a new single out (listen below) which you can buy for the princely sum of £1 and thus help fund the completion and release of forthcoming album “The Family Amusement Centre”

<a href="">Dumb Head by Misty's Big Adventure</a>

Tonight’s date at Manchester Academy 3 is one of only three with Brute Force. I’m still not sure if this is a spoof or not but here’s what the band say:

Brute was on Apple Records in the Sixties. He released a single called 'The King Of Fuh' which was produced by George Harrison. It was quite controversial at the time and was banned. He also wrote one of the first ever Psychedelic songs for The Chiffons called 'Nobody Knows What's Going On In My Mind But Me', as well as writing many songs for bands such as The Creation, The Cyrkle, Peggy March and The Tokens. But the main reason we love him was for the solo album he made in 1966, 'Confections Of Love'. It is finally getting reissued on CD, and we thought it was time we got him over to do a few gigs with us. 'The Tapeworm Of Love' is one of his songs Misty's fans should know well as we end a lot of our gigs with it. Anyone who can come up with the lyric "The Tapeworm of Love is eating my heart out over you" is a genius in my book!

So tonight as well as a Misty's set, there will also be a set of Brute songs with Misty's as his backing band; and as band-leader Grandmaster Gareth tells us: “If you like Misty's, you'll like Brute”.

Advance tickets just £7.50 here (or more on the door).

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