Dirtblonde gigs with The Shondes (Brooklyn)

Dirtblonde are playing two gigs with ace band The Shondes, from Brooklyn, in the next few days.

The Shondes + Dirtblonde gigs in Liverpool and Manchester

The Shondes + Dirtblonde gigs in Liverpool and Manchester

Dirtblonde and The Shondes were booked to play together a few years ago at Canada’s very own “South By Southwest”-style festival, the  North By Northwest festival (also known as NXNE), but we couldn’t do it due to lack of funds, because we had already gone to Austin’s SXSW that same year!

So, it’s great that our paths have finally crossed! The Shondes are a really cool punk band who’ve been praised by Picthfork, MTV, Entertainment Weekly and many others, and who are playing in Liverpool for the very first time…

First off, our bands will join Mashemon and So Sexual for a gig at the new Lomax in Liverpool, next Friday 19th October. Doors 8pm, only £3 in! It’ll be an amazing night with film projections, DJ and four ace bands… if you’re around, don’t miss it!

Next, Dirtblonde and The Shondes will support Spotlight Kid at TROF Fallowfield in Manchester, on Thursday 25th October. Doors 8pm, only £3 in!

View Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/346014412146822/

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Mello Mello Liverpool Faces Closure!

Oh, shameful news. The Liverpool City Council strikes again… just a few days after we put a night there (coincidence of course, ha!)

Dirtblonde live at Mello Mello, Liverpool

Dirtblonde live at Mello Mello, Liverpool

Today’s post was supposed to be just a quick round up of Dirtblonde’s latest gig, which took place at Mello Mello in Liverpool, last Wednesday. But just last night, news came in that the popular venue is now facing closure, thanks to the Liverpool City Council, who once again seems hell-bent on destroying all that’s fun, bohemian and non-corporate in Liverpool.

Just a few days ago, we had a great time there, putting the latest Dirtblonde gig. We were supported by two ace bands – Beach Skulls, and SeaWitches (who just keep getting better and better!). We had some cool film projections, psychedelic lights and everyone seemed to have a great time.

Afterwards, an influx of happy drunk students flooded Mello Mello, all dancing to the “Dirtblonde Sound System” DJ playlist, which included Azaelia Banks’ ‘212’ (we just GOT to always play it!!!), Wugazi (‘Sleep Rules All Over Me’), Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd (‘Candy And A Currant Bun’), Lee Hazelwood & Nancy Sinatra (‘Some Velvet Morning’) and lots of the usual (for us) obscure 60’s French psych, which I’m obssessed with at the moment!

In short – it was great, cheap fun, that could only have happened in Mello Mello, a place that was cheap for us to hire, with good sound and a friendly staff.

We had many good times there (usually at Pete Bentham’s Free Rock & Roll…) and it’s a shame that now it’s seriously facing closure. We hope that the artistic community in Liverpool will once again fight – and beat – the Liverpool City Council! As  the Keep Streets Live campaign showed, when people get together for a good cause, we can fight the law and win!

 We urge anyone reading this to sign the Mello Mello petition, to stop Liverpool City Council from closing the venue!

Finally, here’s a statement from Mello Mello: ‘Liverpool City Council is set to force MelloMello CIC out of business. We will NOT let this happen.

We will fight Liverpool City Council’s unjustified and unexpected decision to slash our business rates relief from 80% to 0%, to demand £30,000.00 a year and force MelloMello into administration. We intend to explore every possible avenue available to us as Liverpool City Council have left MelloMello CIC, its employees, its customers, its users, its local community with nothing left to lose other than everything.

MelloMello was founded, run and staffed by volunteers who have turned a previously derelict building into a vibrant artistic hub of activity and business. The closure of MelloMello will result not only in the loss of facilities for grassroots artistic endeavours but also the loss of over 20 jobs, the loss of trade for other local independent businesses, and the loss of income of ANY business rates for the Council.

MelloMello has never received funding, grants, sponsorship or investment in order to grow. The success of MelloMello is that it has grown out of, quite literally, nothing into one of the city’s favourite bars/restaurants/venues.

‘For the Council to force MelloMello out of business by taking away the only charity it has ever relied upon sends out a clear message of cultural indifference, a blatant lack of acknowledgement for the people who have managed to build a sustainable not-for-profit business out of nothing, and serves as yet another affront to Liverpool’s musical, artistic and creative communities.

MelloMello is worth saving, because once it is gone you will never see anything like it again.

We must ACT NOW to SAVE MELLOMELLO, we must let Liverpool City Council know that MelloMello WILL NOT CLOSE DOWN without a FIGHT.

 

Watch ‘Brooklyn’: new Dirtblonde video!

Dirtblonde have completed a new music video, which is available now on YouTube.

click image to watch ‘Brooklyn’ on YouTube and leave your comments!

The song Brooklyn will be available for download on 19th April 2010, alongside White Horses, from www.dirtblonde.co.uk

Inspired by the band´s mini-tour around New York, Brooklyn tells a story of alienation and paranoia in an unfamiliar city…

The video was filmed at Dirtblonde’s local area, at the Liver Laundrette on Aighburth Rd, near Lark Lane, in Liverpool. (Thanks to Beryl – featured wearing a white hair net – for not chucking us out.)

Enjoy, post your comments and don’t forget to visit www.dirtblonde.co.uk again from 19th April, to download the single + bonus tracks!