by Bill Pearis

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DOWNLOAD: Screaming Tea Party - I'd Rather Be Stuck on the Stair Rail (MP3)

Micachu & The Shapes

In the past few days I've highlighted a bunch of bands coming over from Europe to play shows at both SXSW and in NYC (Mumford & Sons, Peggy Sue & Jay Jay Pistolet and 18th Dye, Powersolo & Snake and Jet's Amazing Bullit Band). We also did a rundown of Australia's offers last week. This post has four more UK bands. Info on Micachu & The Shapes, Let's Wrestle, Post War Years and Screaming Tea Party, below...


Micachu & The Shapes

1. Micachu & The Shapes

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: "A scruffy-looking trio with an androgynous-looking frontperson creating a racket that seemed willfully primitive, and yet you couldn't deny how meticulously and precisely it was all assembled - a method to the madness indeed. My initial reaction was that I never wanted to hear this again. My second reaction was to hit the repeat button." - Chromewaves. Their album Jewellery is out April 7th via Rough Trade. We are confused as to whether it's Micachu and the Shapes or just Micachu, but we're certainly looking forward to the shows. I would say one of the must-see UK bands rolling through town in the next two weeks.

NYC Shows: March 23 at Cake Shop, March 24 at Death by Audio, March 25 at Pianos (with The Grates and Vancouver's Brasstronaut) (tix).


Let's Wrestle
Lets Wrestle

2. Let's Wrestle

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: Punky, shambolic, funny, pretty irresistible, as I've written before.

NYC Shows: March 10 at MHoW (opening for Black Lips), March 11 at Maxwell's, March 12 at Monster Island Basement (with WOODS and caUSE co-MOTION), and March 13 at The Bell House (with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) (sold out)


Post War Years
Post War Years

3. Post War Years

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: Proggy, dancey almost indescribable pop in the same way Late of the Pier are indescribable. But nothing like Late of the Pier.

NYC Shows: March 14 at Pianos (with We Have Band) and March 16 at The Delancey (with We Have Band and Slow Club) (free!)


Screaming Tea Party
Screaming Tea Party

4. Screaming Tea Party

Hometown: London, UK

Their deal: As I wrote a while back, Screaming Tea Party get compared to Sonic Youth and the Jesus and Mary Chain a lot, and there are plenty of buzzsaw riffs, shouty choruses and blasts of noise to be found on their debut EP, Golden Blue, though they made me think of early-'90s band Daisy Chainsaw, if you remember them at all.

NYC Shows: March 14 at Cake Shop (early), March 15 at Public Assembly (with The Depreciation Guild and Mirror Mirror) and March 16 at Fontana's (with A Classic Education)


All tour dates and videos below...

Let's Wrestle 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar 10 Music Hall of Williamsburg with The Black Lips New York
Mar 11 Maxwells Hoboken, New Jersey

Mar 12 Monster Island Basement with Cause Co-Motion New York
Mar 13 The Bell House with Pains Of Being Pure At Heart New York
Mar 14 The Talking Head Club at Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Mar 15 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Mar 16 The Earl Atlanta, Georgia
Mar 18 SXSW Dates Austin, Texas
Mar 18 Levis/ Fader Party (location TBA) Austin, Texas
Mar 18 New York Noise Showcase @ Todd P's Free Patio Parties Austin, Texas
Mar 19 Stolen Recordings Showcase Wave Rooftop Austin, Texas
Mar 21 Music For Listeners - Red House Austin, Texas
Mar 21 Clash Magazine Showcase @ Volume (Time TBA) Austin. Texas

Micachu & The Shapes- "Lips"

Micachu & the Shapes - 2009 North American Tour Dates
March 18 - Todd P Day Party - at Ms. Beas - 1104 E. 6th st - set: 1:00pm
March 18 - Fader Fort - (LOCATION TBA) - 6:45 PM
March 19 - Clash Magazine Party - at The Dirty Dog - 505 E. 6t st. - set: 2:00pm
March 19 - IAMSOUND/'SUP Party - at Malverde - 400B West 2nd St - set 3:50pm
March 19 - Windish Agency Official Showcase - at Emo's - 600 Red River St. Set: 8:00pm
March 20 - True Panther Party - at Baby Acapulco - 5610 N. 1H35 78751 - Set 8:15pm
March 23 - Cake Shop (NY NY)
March 24 - Death By Audio (Brooklyn NY)
March 25 - Pianos (NY NY) w/ The Grates (tix)

Post War Years - "Black Morning"


Post War Years 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar 14 PIANOS [w/ We Have Band] NEW YORK
Mar 16 THE DELANCY [w/ We Have Band + Slow Club + Moshi Moshi DJs] NEW YORK (free)
Mar 17 SXSW [British Music Embassy] AUSTIN TEXAS
Mar 18 SXSW [Levis/ Fader Magasine Party] AUSTIN TEXAS
Mar 18 SXSW [Chess Club Showcase] AUSTIN TEXAS
Mar 20 SXSW [West Rocks Party] AUSTIN TEXAS

Screaming Tea Party 2009 North American Tour Dates
Mar 14 Cake shop -early show- New York
Mar 15 Stolen + Kanine -pre SXSW party @public assembly New York
Mar 16 Fontana's New York
Mar 18 South by Southwest 2009 Austin,Texas
Mar 19 stolen recordings showcase SXSW-@ wave rooftop 6th street Austin Texas