With each new year comes at least one certainty: a new album from The Fall must surely be around the corner. With their so far unnamed latest release likely to feature recently unveiled tracks like New Facts, Gibbus, Brillo and Universal Time Collection which build on the garage-rock-goes-Krautrock grooves of previous record Sub-Lingual Tablet, Mark E Smith and company return to Newcastle on Thursday 23rd February to showcase the latest incarnation of the Fall Sound at The Boiler Shop.
If that’s not enough, this time around there’s also a jam-packed support bill that would be tempting enough in its own right. Having already gained national and international attention, local punk heroes Tough Tits open up the evening with their alternately furious and slyly witty anthems. Sheffield experimentalists Blood Sport join them, blending deep afrobeat grooves and electronic interference to create a twenty-first century reboot of Remain In Light-era Talking Heads, while the hotly-tipped Trudy & the Romance complete the line-up with their shambling, scratchy ballads.
It’s an evening then that’s set to delight both the fully converted (such as yours truly) and those yet to tap into the wonderful and frightening world that only The Fall can truly conjure.