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Byline: Nick LAVIGUEUR Rock, pop and anything else

AS the cuts continue and the economic doom and gloom intensifies, one band has made it their mission to lift people's moods.

Welsh rockers The Blackout release their album Start The Party this month (January 21) and are heading north on their headline tour.

The post-hardcore group, who played Huddersfield University's students union a few years ago, are on a high after one of the best tours of their lives.

And they hope their new album, Start The Party, can propel them to the next level.

Singer, Gavin Butler, told WoW they wanted fans to enjoy themselves, switch off and listen to something fun. He said: "It was weird as we wrote the album quite a while back, we've been sitting on it forever, but at the time we were in a recession. "We'd just come back from one of the best tours we'd ever had and we went straight into writing again, so we brought that enthusiasm with us.

"We've always seen ourselves as an upbeat band anyway.

"The last album Hope was the antithesis of Start The Party, we didn't even know if it was going to get made.

"But it was a total flip turn by the end of the tour and we''d got ourselves together.

"Everything was positive as opposed to the negative (before the tour) that we might not have even been able to carry on as a band. "We just realised how bad it could have gone and how well it did go in the end."

He added: "You always hope that a new album will take you on to the next level but as long as it allows us to continue making music, that's all we can really ask for.

"As long as we don't have to go work in factories again, that's more than we can ask for."

Gavin, who shares lead vocal duties with Sean Smith, said they were looking forward to their Manchester date the most. He said: "Manchester is one of the big ones for us.

"I don't know what it is - we regard it as more of a hometown show than our own Cardiff show. "We get probably two or three times more people there than we would in Cardiff.

"It's always been good to us for some reason.

"I love going back there and it's always a good night out as well." The Blackout play Manchester's HMV Ritz on Saturday, January 26.

Support comes from Sonic Boom Six and Proxies.

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| LIFE AND SOUL: The Blackout lift the gloom - Gavin Butler and Sean Smith (vocals); Matthew Davies and James Davies (guitar), Rhys Lewis-Lewis (bass) and Gareth Lawrence (drums)
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Jan 11, 2013
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