11/14 THU - Edonè - Bergamo (IT) only Paul Collins Beat
11/15 FRI - United Club - Torino (IT)
11/16 SAT - Mistral Palace - Valence (F)
11/17 SUN - Perpignan - L'Ubu (F)
11/18 MON - Mondo Bizzarro - Rennes (F)
11/19 TUE - Le 3 Pièces Muzik Club - Rouen (F)
11/20 WED - La Mecanique Ondulatoire - Paris (F)
11/21 THU - Sonic Ballroom - Koln (DE)
11/22 FRI - Austerclub - Berlin (DE)
11/23 SAT - Bounty - Thiene (VI) (IT)
11/24 SUN - PMK - Innsbruck (AT)
PAUL COLLINS BEAT (formerly The Nerves & The Beat)
US powerpop legends from the late 70s!!!
Rock icon and cult favorite PAUL COLLINS got his start with Peter Case and Jack Lee in 1974. Their band THE NERVES toured with The Ramones and recorded a song called “Hanging On The Telephone”, later to become a hit for BLONDIE. Further smash hits were "When You Find Out", a huge spin at TV Eye Labelfest and Fave Rave, "Walking Out On Love" or "Give Me Some Time".
Paul Collins formed THE BEAT in 1977, recruiting members of various rock bands including Steven Huff, Larry Whitman, Dennis Conway and Michael Ruiz. The result was The Beat, a high energy rock group in the style of The Ramones, Blondie and The Dictators. Their biggest tunes were "Rock And Roll Girl" or "Don't Wait Up for Me". As the story goes, Collins was awarded a record deal with CBS thanks to his friend Eddie Money and Bill Graham Management. The Beat played with many bands, including The Jam, Pere Ubu, The Police, Eddie Money, The Plimsouls and Huey Lewis. The Beat became Paul Collins’ Beat when a ska band from UK began using The Beat as their moniker.
rough-edged pop, sixties beat and ‘80s daydreams
After four singles (“Common Shell”, “Boys and Girls”, “Lie” and the brand new “Rainbow”) that sold out in a flash, an album for one of the most prestigious power-pop labels already in its second pressing, raving reviews on both sides of the Atlantic, two US tours and lots of dates all across Europe, Miss Chain & The Broken Heels are once again among us.
Their new album The Dawn is coming out in March 2013.
We had left them with “A Bittersweet Ride”, the LP which was released two years ago on Screaming Apple/Burger/Sonic Jett Records. Two years of relentless touring and personal change. Miss Chain was then singing about being 25 years old and the bittersweet thoughts and preoccupations that come with such an age. Now, two years later, the girl has become a woman: this journey has finally seen the light of dawn, it has changed its nature, turned into a rite of passage. Her thoughts have become a stream of introspection that is equal parts light and darkness, reason and spirituality, demons and hopes. Following this transformation, the music itself has changed, pushing the melodies beyond the usual rock ’n’roll/garage blueprint, such as we were used to.
The Dawn stems from the common effort of the band together with producer Pierluigi Ballarin (The R’s) at T.U.P. Studio in Brescia (Italy). Two weeks of live recordings on tape to capture the joy of experimenting in a studio yielded a perfect blend of warm, thick and surrounding sound: it is a complex record that deploys a vast array of sounds, so deep that sometimes you find yourself drifting away with your eyes closed, totally immersed in a mixture of country, rhythm’n’blues, pop and Beatles-esque melodies, surrounded by dreamy landscapes, sometimes even bordering on psychedelia.
References to Sixties melodies and sunshine pop are the ideal framing for a record whose sound and content is at the same moment timeless and steeped in the contemporary, the soundtrack to an internal journey which contemplates life and its baggage but it’s not afraid of its dark corners.
It will be an intense 2013 for Astrid, Silva, Franz and Brown: USA, Canada, Japan are waiting for them at the end of the summer, while starting in March they will travel extensively through Italy and Europe to promote their new record in the best way they can: by being on a stage, in front of their audience, spreading their energy through their music and, even if for a little while, taking you along for the ride.