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Debut Album, Nothing Hurts on 10th May via Sub Pop
Confirmed as Main Support To Blood Red Shoes in October
Nothing Hurts is the Sub Pop debut and first full-length for London-based trio Male Bonding. Scheduled for release on 10th May 2010, the album was recorded in the fall of 2009 in New York and was mixed and mastered by Pete Lyman at Infrasonic Sound.  The band, now back from their 6 week US tour, will kick off their UK shows on 19th May in Guildford but will be giving us a taster of what is to come with show in Leeds (Brudenell Social Club, 2pm) and London as part of this year’s Camden Crawl (Purple Turtle, 0030am) on 1st May with another scheduled Camden Crawl show on 2nd May at Dingwalls. Male Bonding have now also been confirmed as main support to Blood Red Shoes in October.
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.
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.
01-May                       Leeds                 Live In Leeds/Brudenell Social Club   onstage 2pm
01-May                       London              Camden Crawl/ Purple Turtle              onstage 00.30am
02-May                       London              Camden Crawl/ Dingwalls                  onstage 6.15pm
19-May                       Guildford            The Boileroom                                  with Pens
20-May                       Sheffield            The Harley   
21-May                       Liverpool            Sound City @ Zanzibar Club               with Blood Red Shoes and Titus Andronicus
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           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   
06-Oct                       Manchester         Club Academy                                   with Blood Red Shoes
07-Oct                       London               Electric Ballroom                                with Blood Red Shoes

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