Certain bands, as we're sure regular readers are long aware, merely have to cough and we offer them life insurance. Johnny Foreigner, presumably partly still due to that shortfall in US tour support, have released There When You Need It, seven tracks issued in dribs and drabs over 2010, including two remixes and a Christmas song (in March!), plus a tour to work up the material for the third album proper - dates after the embed. The one purely fresh song, debuted in stripped down form for GoldFlakePaint last year, is a jaunty acoustic plus bits of Junior's electronics kit work, referencing companionship in the dead of winter, containing peculiar poetry ("from the outside looking in, the glow of the TV and the frosted glass and a shiver that won't last") and references to being in Birmingham, as per. It sounds a bit like Lou Barlow and a bit like acoustic LC! and is, of course, splendid.
7/3 Birmingham Custard Factory (some sort of free show sponsored by Topman and headlined by Frankie & the Heartstrings - text CTRL5 to 83338 for admission, or something)
2-3/4 Edinburgh Haddowfest (some sort of Edinburgh city-wide thing headlined by Razorlight. This isn't the most promising of starts, is it? Don't worry, the rest are all part of a proper tour)
19/4 Aberdeen Cafe Drummonds
20/4 Glasgow Nice n Sleazy
22/4 Nottingham Bodega
23/4 Preston Mad Ferret
24/4 Milton Keynes Sno Bar
26/4 Birmingham Hare and Hounds
27/4 Liverpool Shipping Forecast
28/4 Manchester Night and Day
29/4 Stoke Underground
30/4 Wimbledon Grove Tavern
1/5 London Camden Crawl
We now fully expect to be emailed in the next few days by someone asking if we could publicise the Johnny Foreigner tour dates.