| **IF ANYONE CAN...DINGUS KHAN**
**ELECTRIFYING ESSEX OCTET GET READY TO LAUNCH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM**
**IS IT BLUR CROSSED WITH SLIPKNOT? IT SODDING WELL IS**
A tail-pulling fierce panda & Label Fandango one sheet
The Band: DINGUS KHAN
The Release: 'SUPPORT MISTLEY SWANS'
The Format: COMPACT DISC ALBUM & DOWNLOAD
The Record Companies: fierce panda & Label Fandango
The Release Date: OCTOBER 22nd 2012
The Tracklisting: 1 'MY BODY', 2 'MAD AS HELL', 3 'HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW', 4 'BAG FOR LIFE', 5 'KNIFEY SPOONY', 6 'THIS SONG HASN'T GOT NO WORDS', 7 'MADE A LIST', 8 'PLANK', 9 'BIRD IN THE HOUSE', 10 'AMBULANCE'
Electrifying Essex-based octet (there's eight of them, y'know) DINGUS KHAN, sometimes referred to as Blur-meets-Slipknot, release their debut album, 'Support Mistley Swans', via fierce panda / Label Fandango on October 22nd. To celebrate this event they will be setting out on their first ever headlining tour including very special launch shows at London Ding(us)walls (October 31st) and Colchester Arts Centre (November 17th). Along the way they will release their thunderous third single, Plank, on November 5th.
The Back Story: "Rising like a behemoth from the sludge of the Stour Estuary, Dingus Khan are exactly what you'd imagine a band with a name like Dingus Khan to be. They consist of three drummers to keep your heart beating. Three bass players to keep your feet tapping. A singing guitarist to melt young girls' hearts. And an electric ukelele demon just to keep you on your toes. Let Dingus Khan play their rock and roll music my boy, and let them play it Hard and Fast. Then Slow and Steady. Then Hard and Fast."
So started the press release for Dingus Khan's searingly manic debut single, 'Knifey Spoony', which was released on fierce panda sister label Label Fandango back in March of this year. It was so perfect we used it again on the press release for the follow-up single, the epic whistlefest that was 'Made A List' (Giant Haystacks Records, July). And so immaculately does it still encapsulate the sixteen-legged groove machinery of Dingus Khan it may as well fill a large chunk of this, the press release for their debut album entitled 'Support Mistley Swans'.
The East Of Englandshire runs through the Dingus veins like so many top quality narcotics: they come from Manningtree, on the very northern tip of Essex, and indeed next door to Mistley, where the famous Mistley swans do their misty-eyed swanning; in spite of those Essex roots they have been heartily embraced by neighbours BBC Suffolk, who fast-tracked the band onto the Latitude bill in the summer; they happily ply their trade in venues like the Grinning Rat in Ipswich; and on October 10th they have been invited to support The Fall and The Undertones at Norwich Epic, which is itself a benefit gig for the John Peel Centre Of Creative Arts in Stowmarket.
It's a good choice, too: if John Peel were around today he would surely embrace Dingus Khan to his random musical bosom and never let them go, not least because when fully armed Dingus Khan number eight (that's E.I.G.H.T), including Ben Brown (lead vocals / guitar), Josh Court (electric ukelele), Tom Armstrong (bass), Adam Toms (bass), Alex Dunne (bass). Nick Daldry (drums), Paul Miller (percussion) and Gareth Burney (percussion). Apparently they have issues with turning down puppy-eyed musicians.
The first time they played Club Fandango was in late September 2011 at the Buffalo Bar. The stage could barely withstand the jaw-dropping, ear-popping, beer-slopping combination of pop nous, punk rawness, rawk riffs and dangerously casual choreography. Since then their hectic tunes and chaotic charm have served Dingus Khan alarmingly well, earning them mighty festival slots at Latitude, Reading / Leeds and Bestival, a BBC Introducing session at Maida Vale for That Nice Steve Lamacq, a multitude of lithe live performances and radio plays and just generally great big slobbery love from a general public driven half-mad by the wait for the some half-decent rock'n'roll chaos to make an appearance.
Or as Dingus Khan have put it themselves on several press releases in the past: "There is a new exciting music being made, with subtle harmonies and fierce grinding dischords, A music so powerful that it would drive us mad if only our ears were tuned to the sound of it¬¶" Come tune those ears at these shows here, there and everywhere:
Wednesday 4th October - Scala, London (with Ultrasound)
Sunday 7th Oct
ober - Showdown Festival, Colchester
Wednesday 10th October - Epic, Norwich (Norwich Sound & Vision, with The Fall & The Undertones)
Monday 22nd October - Slade Room, Wolverhampton
Tuesday 23rd October - Harley, Sheffield
Wednesday 24th October - Sneaky Petes, Edinburgh
Thursday 25th October - Mad Hatters, Inverness
Friday 26th October - Jager Room, Stornoway, Outer Hebrides
Sunday 28th October - Tunnels, Aberdeen
Monday 29th October - King Tuts, Glasgow
Tuesday 30th October - Rock City Basement, Nottingham
Wednesday 31st October - Dingwalls, London
Friday 2nd November - Roadmenders, Northampton
Saturday 3rd November - Unit Club, Southampton
Sunday 4th November - Sticky Mikes, Brighton
Monday 5th November - The Cavern, Exeter
Thursday 8th November - The Portland Arms, Cambridge
Saturday 10th November - The Sugarmill, Stoke
Sunday 11th November - Thekla, Bristol
Monday 12th November - Night & Day, Manchester
Tuesday 13th November - 02 Academy 2, Liverpool
Sarturday 17th November - Colchester Arts Centre