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Debut Album, Nothing Hurts released

on  10th May via Sub Pop


If you’re going to call your house party “RAGE,” you’d better deliver. In May 2008, at a shindig by that bold name, littered with disposable cameras and drenched in beer, the London noise-pop trio Male Bonding played its first gig. Although singer and bassist Kevin Hendrick concedes that a giant trampoline stole the show (“I did trampolining at school. I’m really good at it. Really can get some serious air”), Male Bonding, in a scant two years, has built up some major momentum.

The formula: “Tinnitus. And a hook.” And a speedometer pinned deep in the red.

Nothing Hurts is the Sub Pop debut and first full-length for London-based trio Male Bonding. The album was recorded in the fall of 2009 in New York and was mixed and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound.

Male Bonding - Robin Silas Christian—drums, Kevin Hendrick—bass and vocals, John Arthur Webb—guitar and vocals - plays fast. Nothing Hurts, the band’s first full-length, gets it done in half an hour, and most songs clock in at around two minutes. “I don’t like long songs,” says guitarist and singer John Arthur Webb. “I lose interest when listening to them, and I lose interest when writing them. We always end up speeding things up without meaning to. Too much coffee.”

Indeed, there’s much more to Male Bonding than high-speed, high-impact punk. “We love the slower, hazier stuff as well as the punkish stuff,” says Webb. Hendrick’s favorite bands include “shoegaze” forerunners My Bloody Valentine and Ride, and he loves Teenage Fanclub’s A Catholic Education. “All my favorite pop songs,” Hendrick says, “are ballads. There’s a hippie in me and it’s fighting with the inner punk.”

 To date, Male Bonding has dispatched twelve releases including a Flipper tribute 7" (Domino Records) alongside PPM Allstars, Lovvers and Ponytail. The band has toured the UK with Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls (who are featured on “Worse to Come”) and gigged with Health, Fucked Up, No Age, The Soft Pack, Dum Dum Girls, Smith Westerns, Best Coast, Strange Boys, Metronomy, Crystal Castles, Mika Miko, and other loud-and-proud notables.

Currently on tour stateside with the lovely Vivian Girls which will include dates at SXSW, the band have confirmed UK dates for May.

01-May     Leeds                              Live In Leeds/Brudenell Social Club   ::2pm Show::
19-May     Guildford                        The Boileroom                                     ::with PENS::
20-May    Sheffield                          The Harley   
21-May     Liverpool                        Sound City (Venue TBC)
22-May    Glasgow                           Art School Vic Bar   
23-May    Glasgow                           The Captains Rest                               ::with Ganglians::
24-May    Edinburgh                        Sneaky Petes                                      
::with PENS::
25-May   Newcastle Upon Tyne      The Head of Steam                             ::with PENS::
27-May   London                             Camp Basement                
         ‘Nothing Hurts’ record release party w/ PENS & VEROICA FALLS
28-May  Canterbury                         The Farmhouse  
10-Jun   Manchester                         SOUND CONTROL  
11-Jun   Norwich                              Norwich Art Centre  




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