Male Bonding gear up for new album with UK tour

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 & VERONICA 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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