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Hot property are explosive; Music Gig of the Week: Late Of The Pier.

Byline: Andrew Pain reports

LATE OF THE PIER (pictured right), those cover stars of NME, are currently enjoying life in the spotlight.

Whether that's a reference to singer Sam Dust's surname or not, who knows, but by combining influences such as Brian Eno, The Faint and Gary Numan, LOTP unleash a thoroughly breathless electropunk experimental sound that's had them dubbed the UK's "strangest most brilliant band".

Working with super producer Erol Alkan, they've created some of the finest cuts of synth-led brilliance that you'll have heard in recent times and dates with Soulwax, The Kaiser Chiefs and Justice, as well as headlining the recent Levis Ones To Watch Tour, have seen them establish a reputation as one of the most explosive live bands around.

The band formed in Nottingham in 2004 and their debut single, Space And The Woods, was released through WayOutWest Records in March 2007. Their second single, "Bathroom Gurgle", was produced by Erol Alkan and released in September 2007 by Moshi Moshi Records and by the third single, The Bears Are Coming, things began to take off for the band.

The last three years have seen them grafting the length and breadth of the planet and has resulted in Samuel Dust, Francis Dance, Red Dog Consuela and Jack Paradise combining to become one of the hottest musical properties in the land.

New album, Black Fantasy Channel, has been lauded everywhere with Drowned In Sound saying: "There are precious few thrills that you couldn't get by piecing together a mix-tape featuring Liars, Les Savy Fav, The Faint, Lightning Bolt and Klaxons. That, however, is way too much of an effort, so this'll do nicely. 8/10."

Also on the bill are MICACHU and CONNAN MOCKASIN.

LATE OF THE PIER, MICACHU and CONNAN MOCKASIN:

Empire, Middlesbrough Wednesday night. Entry: pounds 9
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Feb 6, 2009
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