DARTZ! announce debut album

Debut album This Is My Ship(amazon.co.uk link) released 12.02.07 on Xtra Mile Recordings Ltd.

Teesside trio DARTZ! release their debut album This Is My Ship on 12th February 2007 through Xtra Mile Recordings Ltd.

Recorded with Mark Williams (Fightstar, Yourcodenameis:milo, Million Dead) at Criterion Studios in the legendary Battery Studios complex in North West London, This Is My Ship documents the sounds DARTZ! have been creating since their first gig back in March 2005. From Teaching Me To Dance, the first song they wrote together as a band, to more recent offerings such as St. Petersburg, the album offers up twelve energetic, intelligent and exuberant tracks showcasing William, Henry and Philips ability to produce genuine, clever and exciting pop.

If you ask DARTZ! about their influences, Philip is likely to start referencing authors such as Hemingway and Dostoevsky or visits to New York City and Prague. Itd certainly be fair to say that DARTZ! are influenced equally as much by the places theyve visited, the books theyve read and their life experiences as by the music that they listen to.

Guitarist Henry isnt quite as literacy orientated as William and Philip, in fact, Our Band Could Be Your Life by Michael Azerrad is pretty much the only book hes read from start to finish for quite some time. However, neither his nor his band mates love of the American Indie Underground ends in 1991 like the aforementioned book, with Washington DC greats like Q and Not U, The Dismemberment Plan and Faraquet all being relevant sources of inspiration.

For a band that initially started as a one gig joke between a drummer and a guitarist who thought itd be funny to swap instruments, the last two years havent exactly stuck to the script. Within 6 months of their first gig and just 9 months after Henry and Philip first picked up their new found instruments, DARTZ! played an explosive set at Manchesters In The City event alongside iForward, Russia!, The Fratellis and The Maccabees. It wasnt long before Steve Lamacq was singing their praises and making them his Unsigned Band Of The Week on BBC 6 Music whilst XFMs new music guru John Kennedy was regularly playing their demos on his show and championing them at every available opportunity.

Much of 2006 was spent on the road with the likes of Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, The Rumble Strips, Stapleton and The Research, as well as one off dates with such luminaries as The Futureheads and 65 Days Of Static and a couple of critically acclaimed performances at the inaugural Great Escape festival in Brighton. DARTZ! kick off 2007 supporting their good friends Hot Club De Paris in January before heading out on their own headline tour in February and March.

Its looking like being an exciting year for DARTZ! with Rock Sound Magazine putting them in their Hot 100 for 2007, Big Cheese Magazine picking ‘This Is My Ship’ as one of the Big Ones of 2007 and new music juggernaut James Jam recently proclaiming that DARTZ! are his new favourite band.

New single Once, twice, again! is released on 29th January 2007 with This Is My Ship following two weeks later 12th February 2007.

Catalogue number: XMR005CD
Format: CD and digital download
Distribution: Vital

01. Network! Network! Network!
02. A Simple Hypothetical
03. Once, twice, again!
04. Cold Holidays
05. Prego Triangolos
06. Laser Eyes
07. St. Petersburg
08. Harbour
09. Documents
10. Fantastic Apparatus
11. Teaching Me To Dance
12. The Lives Of Authors

William K.J. Anderson plays bass and sings too.
Henry J. Carden plays guitar.
Philip J. Maughan plays drums and sings a little bit too.

www.dartzisgood.co.uk
www.myspace.com/darts
www.xtramilerecordings.com

Tour Dates:
* Supporting Hot Club De Paris
JANUARY 22 BIRMINGHAM Barfly*
23 BRIGHTON Pressure Point*
24 LONDON Scala*
26 MANCHESTER Night & Day*
27 LONDON XFM X-Posure All Dayer
27 LEEDS Faversham*
28 GLASGOW King Tuts*
29 LIVERPOOL Magnet*

HEADLINE TOURFEBRUARY:
12 LONDON Borderline
13 CARDIFF Barfly
14 NEWPORT Meze
15 COVENTRY Collesium
16 OXFORD Zodiac
17 BRIDPORT Arts Centre
19 IPSWICH Ice Bar
20 SOUTHAMPTON The Joiners
21 WATFORD Baraka Bar
22 KINGSTON The Peel
24 BRISTOL Thekla25 LEICESTER Sumo
26 NOTTINGHAM Social
27 HULL Lamp
28 NEWCASTLE Cluny

MARCH:
01 MANCHESTER Jabez Clegg
02 LANCASTER Yorkshire House
03 EDINBURGH Wee Red Bar
05 YORK Fibbers

“It’s a short, sharp, smart and elegant punk rock party; a Northern explosion of dancing drummers and concerned cowbells. We enter expecting to be slightly amused and leave feeling joyously entertained
…I’m not the only person in awe.” Drowned In Sound

“DARTZ! discordant neo-pop has an exuberance and angularity that is mesmerising to the point of being addictive. Impossible not to like.” Big Cheese

“A charming live band¦ Sublime, intricate songs and mesmerising stage presence.” Rock Sound

“Like Talking Heads on speed. DIY pop at its best.” Artrocker

Super-smart, magnificently melodic and overtly original pop. Music Week

“Our new favourite band¦ this week.” Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music

“They flavour their dance oriented spikiness with enough pop to put them in the charts. Let them teach you to dance now.”  John Kennedy (XFM) in Spill

It doesn’t get much better than this. 5/5 Rock Midgets

Their unique mix of screamo tunes and splintering guitars form the perfect post-rock dancefloor fusion… any resistance from the crowd is utterly futile. NME

Good enough to make DARTZ! look like they are already
chipping away at Franz Ferdinands pop throne. 4/5 Gig Wise

“Combining enigmatic new-wave beats and addictively catchy guitar hooks, keep an eye out for their explosive live shows.” Rock Sound (Hot 100 2007 feature)

“I love this band like the little brothers I never had. It’s very nice to have a band that have such a recognizable sound. I rather love them…” Marsha Shandur (XFM) Sureshot ROTW

Class, utterly crotch-thrustingly brilliant. James Jam (NME)

We’ve been on tour for so long it’s hard to keep up, but I saw DARTZ! the other week. I was very impressed. Paul Smith (Maximo Park)

Single of the month! 9/10 Rock Sound
(Guest reviewer Sam Duckworth)

Skittering pop pitched somewhere between Futureheads and the best of DC’s early Eighties go-go/hardcore crossover scene. The great Northeast renaissance continues. Plan B

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