INTERROBANG‽ RELEASE THE band’s self-titled debut album today, and kick off the album launch tour with the first date in Todmorden.
Interrobang‽ was formed in 2012 by ex-Chumbawamba members Dunstan Bruce and Harry Hamer and “former enfant terrible in the London louts, Regular Fries” Stephen Griffin. Their album is released in vinyl, digital download and CD formats. All The Mad Men Records sold out of all pre-release copies ahead of the release, but vinyl and CD copies will be available from the band on tour, and from many of the usual (and some unusual) outlets.
The eponymously entitled Interrobang‽ album is vocalist Bruce laid bare, torn open asunder, as he finds himself deep in those 50-something blues. Lyrically the album is an exploration of his determination to never give up the struggle despite his own malaise. He questions and rails against his own demise with song titles such as Curmudgeon, Mad As Hell and Am I Invisible Yet? whilst still full of that anger about the state of the world in songs such as Are You Ready People? and Here Now. He veers from the personal to the political, from the poignant to the pithy, never pulling any punches, always being brutally honest but with an ability to laugh at himself as well.
The music of Griffin and Hamer is short, sharp and urgent. Interrobang‽ pride themselves on their tightness and economy in these rapid-fire assaults and with their crisp, cutting backing vocals the band have created an album that is pointed and precise, exciting and exhilarating. This is an album’s worth of hard hitting songs for hard hit people with Griffin’s guitar technique building layers of scorching sonics which when seen live will astound.
The band are interviewed discussing the album and the tour in Soundsphere magazine and in Louder Than War magazine, and the album is reviewed on Louder Than War site, Punk Online, NARC Magazine, the Morning Star and elsewhere.
- Friday 30 March TODMORDEN Golden Lion with Liines
- Saturday 31 March WELLINGBOROUGH Horseshoe Inn with Eastfield. Wreckage
- Sunday 1 April NEWPORT Le Pub with Eight Rounds Rapid, Emy Lou Robbins
- Monday 2 April BRISTOL Louisiana with The Flux Capacitors
- Tuesday 3 April LEEDS Brudenell with Bilge Pump, Year of Birds
- Wednesday 4 April LANCASTER The Yorkshire House with Year of Birds
- Thursday 5 April NEWCASTLE Cluny 2 with The Almighty Uprisers, Year of Birds
- Friday 6 April NOTTINGHAM Maze with Headsticks, Verbal Warning
- Saturday 7 April MIDDLESBROUGH Westgarth with Flies On You, Year of Birds
- Sunday 8 April BIRMINGHAM Centrala with Eastfield, Alcohol Licks
- Monday 9 April MANCHESTER Jimmys
- Tuesday 10 April MILTON KEYNES Craufurd Arms with Louise Distras, Eight Rounds Rapid
- Wednesday 11 April BRIGHTON Prince Albert with Dream Nails, Eight Rounds Rapid
- Thursday 12 April LONDON The Islington with The Charlemagnes
- Friday 13 April RAMSGATE Music Hall with Eight Rounds Rapid
- Saturday 14 April SCUNTHORPE Café Indiependent with Eight Rounds Rapid, Addictive Philosophy