Peter is to support legendary surf-punk-garage '60s American band The Sonics at London's Kentish Town Forum on March 23 as part of this year's Le Beat Bespoke 4 weekender. The Horrors will also provide support. The Sonics' most memorable tracks are 'Strychnine' and 'The Witch', the latter being included in one of my fave records ever, "Nuggets", a compilation of 60's US garage bands cured by Lenny Kaye. For more information and tickets see here.
Still on the Shambles route, it seems the lovely Drew has pulled a General this time. There was no sign of Peter at the Helsinki's gig at the Dingwalls last night. But the gig was highly successful all the same. Here's the NME's review:
Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell performed his first gig with his new project, Helsinki, in London last night (March 13).The bassist, sporting an acoustic guitar, fronted the five-piece band supporting Kid Harpoon at Camden's Dingwalls venue.As well as playing a selection of new songs, including an instrumental post-rock-influenced number, McConnell performed a jazz version of Babyshambles’ 'Delivery'. Helsinki also covered Manu Chao’s 'Lagrimas De Oro' during the set, which saw him start off solo before being joined by the band on the second song. Before the first track, McConnell told the crowd: "If any more of my friends get arrested, I’m leaving the country." Helsinki are set to support Kid Harpoon again at his show at Brighton’s Pressure Point on March 15.