CUD are resolutely back with a bombastic post-glam ‘Victoria’ supported by the
equally catchy ‘Superstar’ and ‘Justin O’Shea Situation’.
Released on 20th October these three brand new tracks will be available on 180g
coloured 12” vinyl at upcoming gigs, selected indies, and
http://cud.greedbag.com/. Digital tracks will be available from all the usual places.
Lead track Victoria is described as “a little Sweet, a smidgeon Glitter Band, a dash Sparks, served in an Indie hi-ball, with a cherry. It’s a party celebrating the end of the worst of times – a mixtape that we sent to everyone who was as elated as us”.
On the flip is Superstar. “a timely tribute to one of CUD’s heroes, Fred from Les Rita Mitsouko. The lyrics are something of a first; a street map across Paris to visit his final resting place”.
Finally Justin O’Shea Situation is “a none too gentle swipe at a real-life ‘Zoolander’ and (sadly) modern day fashion icon”.
To coincide with the new record CUD are touring again, with two special dates in London where they will be performing their classic albums ‘When in Rome Kill Me’ and ‘Leggy Mambo’ in their entirety.
Full dates are;
York, Fibbers, Friday 24th October 2014
Birmingham, The Flapper, Saturday 25th October 2014
Newcastle, Think Tank, Wednesday 29th October 2014
**London, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, Thursday 30th October 2014
***London, Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, Friday 31st October 2014
Manchester, Ruby Lounge, Saturday 1st November 2014
**Playing ‘When in Rome Kill Me’ in full.
*** Playing ‘Leggy Mambo’ in full.
A brief biog
Emerging from the same art/design cauldron that produced fellow Leeds legends Soft Cell, Scritti Politti, and The Mekons, CUD were the pre-Britpop answer to doleful shoegazing bands – fun-loving, light-hearted, romantic and downright catchy.
Alternatively loved or loathed like a yeast extract, CUD are indie rock for the unpretentious pleasure seeker, boasting as they do the rich deep-lunged voice of Carl Puttnam, edgy guitars of Mike Dunphy and tight, funky rhythm section of William Potter, bass and Gogs Byrn, drums.
CUD were initially lauded for their quirky Peel session cover of ‘You Sexy Thing’ in 1987. They soon built up a huge live following and buffed up their repertoire with a string of unstraight pop beauties, best exemplified by the 1990 album ‘Leggy Mambo’.
This led to a major-label deal with A&M in 1991, front-page NME coverage, massive sell out gigs and proper Top 30 hits, ‘Rich and Strange’ and ‘Purple Love Balloon’.Misunderstood by record companies and press, CUD packed away their guitars and
sticks in 1995 but, bolstered by a greatest hits anthology (‘Rich and Strange’) in 2006, they agreed to tread the boards again and found an army of ‘Space CUDets’ still eager to sing along, dance like fruitcakes and invade their stage.
CUD are now even better than they were in 1992.
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