The Others, one of the most seminal indie-punk bands of the mid-noughties are back and will soon be wreaking havoc in a venue near you!
It's seven years now since Dominic Masters pioneered social networking in the most basic of ways -- making his phone number available to all who wanted it, then answering any call he received, replying to every message. In The Others, Dominic offered a sanctuary for the disparate youth who weren't at home in the mainstream.
Still his favourite song to date, "This is For The Poor" was almost a call to arms for the disenfranchised. A more angry, darker "Mis Shapes" by Pulp,if you will. These were the days when guerrilla gigs were the epitome of DIY punk rather than corporate commercial endeavours and impromptu performances on the Underground, in the BBC reception, on the dodgems and countless other places, set The Others apart and offered them national profile which Dominic Masters exploited fully and often controversially. No-one just "quite liked" The Others, they loved them or hated them.
Fast-forward to the present day and the drive behind the band is still as urgent as ever. An album's worth of new material has been written
with releases pencilled in for later this year. Recent recordings of the new album songs have already received high praise from the few people who have heard them. Hardly Know Me, Where is the Love and Double Pernod are stand out tracks that show both a certain maturity of the band and the dynamism that can be achieved with 5 members rather than 4, yet maintain the snarling anger and viciousness that Masters can inject into his lyrics.
Brace yourselves. The Others, the band who never went away, are back.
Official site: link
May 2nd Weds - Exeter Cavern link
May 3rd Thurs - Cardiff GwdiHw link
May 4th Fri - Glasgow Captain’s Rest link
May 5th Sat - Sunderland Independent link
May 6th Sun - Sheffield Frog’n’Parrot – free entry show before Bank Holiday Monday!!!!
May 11th Fri - London Half Moon Putney link
May 12th Sat - Winchester Railway - link