Playing just a handful of gigs to close the year, The Twang have confirmed live dates in Glasgow, Manchester and London, as well as a hometown show at O2 Academy Birmingham – now an annual affair which has quickly become a sell-out and a guaranteed Christmas blow-out for the band’s loyal fans on home turf.
For this tour The Twang have announced three special guests; Mona, who will be joining the band for the entire tour in support, Sugarthief who will play shows at O2 Academy Birmingham, December 15 and at O2 Forum Kentish town, December 21, and Cut Glass Kings who will appear at Manchester’s O2 Ritz, December 20 and Glasgow’s O2 Academy, December 22.
With new album Soldier On, released in June this year, Nashville residents MONA have returned from a seven-year hiatus to claim their rightful place in the modern-day rock canon. Since their debut in 2010, which led to a whirlwind of critical acclaim, exposure and worldwide touring, MONA has been through it all as a band and are now they’re back.
Their desire to adjust and move forward manifested itself into Soldier On, an album that quite simply encourages one to, “keep going” as described by lead vocalist Nick Brown. MONA is ready to continue their journey onto bigger and better things.
Sugarthief formed after Brothers Jack and Jordi James decided to team up following years of busking and gigging acoustically as solo acts. After adding Reece Downton (drums) and Luke Owen (bass), the band’s refreshing attitude and dreamy tunes have led to them conquering the West Midlands and selling out stages in their hometown.
The unquestionable buzz surrounding Sugarthief hasn’t gone unnoticed, with the band being touted as one of BBC West Midlands top tips for 2018. Already a modern staple of the Birmingham scene, Sugarthief are the next band in line to continue the midlands illustrious musical legacy.
Cut Glass Kings
Hailing from Stourbridge in the West Midlands and made up of Paul Cross (guitar, keys, vocals) and Greg McMurray(drums, backing vocals), the band started their journey with the Skelly brothers three years ago, after landing a batch of rough demos on their mixing desk the band were instantly signed to Skeleton Key Records. Combining the inspiring live room experience of Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios and the creative hotbed of their own, kitchen-based recording set-up, Cut Glass Kings’ alchemy is borne of restless experimentation.
Specialising in supersized riffs and even meatier choruses, Cut Glass Kings have found the recipe for success with their fuzz-drenched brand of rock ‘n’ roll receiving praise from the likes of Getintothis, Clash and Gigslutz.
Last year was an important year for The Twang – it marked the tenth anniversary of their celebrated debut albumLove It When I Feel Like This. A monumental and influential time, 2007 saw The Twang become the most important new band of the year with every A&R man chasing their signature and the “who’s who’s” of music press touting them as THE ones to watch. The Twang who’ve always put their heart and soul into their live performance and never underestimate the importance of the people that really matter, the fans, took to the road for a huge UK tour of 12 venues, playing the entire record, in full, from start to finish, for the very first time. And what a celebration it was; beautiful scenes – great music and fans singing in chorus long after the stage went black.
Currently, in the studio with new material on the way, The Twang are back!
Full List of tour dates with support bands:
15 Saturday – O2 Academy, Birmingham w/ Mona + Sugarthief
20 Thursday – O2 Ritz, Manchester w/ Mona + Cut Glass Kings
21 Friday – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London w/ Mona + Sugarthief
22 Saturday – O2 Academy, Glasgow w/ Mona + Cut Glass Kings
Special intimate launch show added
14 Friday – O2 Academy, Sheffield w/ Sugarthief
Tickets for The Twang’s 2018 Tour are available from ticketmaster.co.uk £20.00 advance (subject to booking fee).