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bandfordisease17.jpg Band with the unfeasibly long name

This is Gateshead’s The Band For Disease Control And Prevention and they’ve got a new album in the offing and, hey, a launch gig to go with it.

The Band For Disease Control And Prevention have a touch of the Blondies about them, particularly in Blondie’s early CBGB days when they, along with the likes of The Patti Smith Group, The Ramones and Talking Heads, defined that speed-freak and wired New York sound. And, as it turns out, Tommy Kessler of Blondie, loved their cover of the new wave classic 11:59, so all is good with that comparison. BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq is also a fan, giving them national exposure on his radio show, and they’ve also piqued interest around the world with international airplay throughout Europe and in the US.

Such interest is well deserved as the band knock out real switchback ride punk, thrillingly tight and ready to rumble. And in frontwoman Marcia, they’ve got someone who really knows how to command your attention (although in this pic, it looks like she’s laddered her tights slightly before climbing on stage). This gig should be a doozy as the band are launching their new album and – get this! - you’ll get a CD copy on entry for the price of the ticket. Bargain!

The Band For Disease Control And Prevention + Mechanical Mouse Organ + Peesh + Cherry B, Saturday 29 April, Jumping Jacks, above Dog and Parrot, 52 Clayton Street, Newcastle, 7.30pm, £5 adv/£6 door. http://www.seetickets.com/tour/the-band-for-disease-control-and-prevention