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GO: THE LIMIT: James brings music with real bite to Colosseum.

Byline: Dayle Crutchlow

CALIFORNIAN indie rock comes to Coventry next week with frontman and TV actor James Marsters.

Marsters, best known for his role as Spike in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, is lead singer with Ghost of the Robot and they are kicking off their European tour on Tuesday at the Colosseum.

But those expecting to see James sporting his famous peroxide look as vampire Spike will be disappointed.

He shaved his bleached locks on American telly this week in aid of charity.

Fans from all over the world are planning to head to Coventry to see the band in action before they head off for dates in London, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Ghost of the Robot will be supported by Lazy Eye, who will then travel to London with them for the remaining dates in England.

SHIVER me timbers, there's so much going on this week that getting it all into this diminutive column is akin to squeezing all of the re-formed and somewhat rotund Pixies into a Mini Copper.

As well as Ghost of the Robot there's Tom Hingley and the Lovers, Antiproduct, Fulc, The Jeeps, and an all-dayer featuring loads of local talent, there's no way I'm not going to upset somebody by not giving them enough coverage - but I'll try to cover everything.

So, tomorrow, Tom Hingley and the Lovers are also at the Colosseum.

Comprising Tom Hingley, the voice of The Inspiral Carpets, together with The Fall's rhythm section of Steve and Paul Hanley, The Lovers sound like neither band but still make a palatable racket, particularly if garage rock, weird scuzz pop, rockabilly punk and ascerbic lyrics are your thang.

Support comes from Jesus Deluxe.

TOMORROW is a full day at the ever-ascending Jailhouse in Coventry.

First of all, tomorrow afternoon there's a matinee for over-14s featuring Antiproduct, Downward Edge and L2SD.

Antiproduct are three girls and two boys born in four different countries who can't boast of sounding, playing or being like any other band ever.

And tomorrow night headliners Fulc will again be joined by Downward Edge, along with Tiny Blue Children and Know.

Fulc play scuzzy, edgy hard rock with a melodic twist, described as "the perfect wake-me-up antidote to the bland uninspired music being pedalled around in the new millennium".

Tonight at the Nags, in Queens Road, Nuneaton, sees a headline slot from the driving, spiky sound attack of The Jeeps, fresh from last week's TV appearance on ITV's Music Uncovered.

Support comes from The Bridges, frighteningly young and being hailed as one of the best bands to emerge from the area. Sharing the bill are Viterbo.

TOMORROW also brings an all-dayer at the Spencer Club, in Albany Road, Earlsdon, to celebrate its first birthday as a live venue.

Headlining are Urban Music prize-winners Project X, and also playing are The Shakes, Slybob, Fiori, Rogue States, The Sequins, Puriton, The Satin Dolls, The Circle, Templeton Pek, Little Girl Screaming, Lost Children, Ember and Prole Position.

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KILLER SOUND: James Marsters - singer and TV star - kicks off Ghost of the Robot's European tour at the Colosseum on Tuesday; RACKET: Tom Hingley plays the Colosseum tomorrow with the Lovers
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 30, 2004
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