The Answering Machine
Answering Machine

You've got two chances next week for a double bill of two up-and-coming UK artists: The Answering Machine and James Yuill.

Manchester's The Answering Machine have been playing together for around three years and get compared a lot to Los Campesinos! but owe more than a little to The Strokes and Maximo Park as well. Though if you're read their blog, frontman Martin Colcough is clearly into more obscure indie like The Radio Dept. and '80s cult act The Brilliant Corners. After a slow start -- only a few songs dripped out in their first two years -- the band will have two singles out by May and their debut album by year's end. I caught them at SXSW 2008 and were one of my favorites that year. Check out "Another City, Another Sorry" at the top of this post.

James Yuill
James Yuill

London laptop folkie James Yuill, meanwhile, released his debut album, Turning Down Water for Air, on Moshi Moshi in October 2008 and it will be released in the U.S. via Nettwerk sometime this Spring. Here's what the Guardian said:

If Eastbourne one-man-show James Yuill had had better luck with girls, he might now be a forensic scientist, and music would be the poorer. But years of unrequited love and a dabbler's interest in electronica led him to abandon his original ambition, and this album proves the wisdom of the decision. Turning Down Water for Air is constructed of gently-plinking guitar, cello, laptop and sensitive-busker vocals, and the result melts in the mouth.

The Answering Machine and James Yuill play early show on Monday (4/6) at Mercury Lounge in Manhattan, and then a free show at Greenpoint's Coco 66 on Tuesday (4/7).

Videos and all tour dates below...

The Answering Machine - Cliffer

James Yuill - This Sweet Love

The Answering Machine - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 6 - Mercury Lounge (w/ James Yuill) New York
Apr 7 - CoCo 66 (w/ James Yuill) - Free Entry Brooklyn, New York
Apr 18 - Ruby Lounge, Whitest Boy Alive Aftershow Manchester, Northwest
Apr 30 - Hinterland Festival Glasgow
May 13 - Leadmill (w/ Twisted Wheel) Sheffield
May 14 - The Great Escape Brighton
May 15 - Rainbow Garden (w/ Twisted Wheel) Birmingham
May 16 - Academy 1 (w/ Twisted Wheel) Manchester
May 18 - The Rescue Rooms (w/ Twisted Wheel) Nottinham
May 19 - Thekla (w/ Twisted Wheel) Bristol
May 20 - Kings College (w/ Twisted Wheel) London
May 21 - Wedgewood Rooms (w/ Twisted Wheel) Portsmout

James Yuill - 2009 Tour Dates
Apr 6 - The Mercury Lounge New York, New York
Apr 7 - **FREE SHOW** Coco 66 Brooklyn, New York
Apr 11 - KCRW Radioactive @ The Park Plaza Hotel LA, California
Apr 15 - Cafe De La Dance Paris
Apr 16 - Gebaude 9 Cologne
Apr 17 - Glanz & Gloria Osnabruck
Apr 18 - Tower Bremen
Apr 19 - Prinzenbar Hamburg
Apr 20 - Cafe Central Weinheim
Apr 21 - Atomic Cafe Munich
Apr 22 - Live At Dot Berlin
Apr 23 - Hoxton Bar And Kitchen (Supporting Phoenix - Sold Out) London
Apr 24 - Camden Crawl (venue tbc) London
Apr 25 - Camden Crawl (venue tbc) London
Apr 26 - Blue Lezard Lausanne
Apr 27 - Abart Zurich
Apr 30 - London Calling @ Paradiso Amsterdam
May 1 - Kill Em All @ Fabric (Fire Set ie: No Guitar) London
May 2 - Live In Leeds Leeds
May 6 - Babel Malmo
May 7 - Garage Oslo
May 9 - Debaser Slussen Stockholm
May 15 - Great Escape Brighton
May 16 - Whelans Dublin
May 18 - Cactus Club Brugge
May 21 - Stag and Dagger @ Legion London
May 23 - Spring Nine Graz
May 24 - Evolution Festival NewcastleGateshead
Jun 24 - Celtronic Derry, Northern Ireland
Jul 2 - Arvika Festival Arvika
Jul 17 - Melt Festival Near Berlin
Aug 20 - Pukkelpop Hasselt
Sep 11 - Bestival Isle Of Wight
Sep 12 - Bestival Isle Of Wight
Sep 13 - Bestival Isle Of Wight

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