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New EP from city rockers Scrim

THE title of the new EP from promising Sheffield rockers Scrim hopefully doesn’t reflect on the band who launch the record with a gig at SOYO on Monday.

This Is No Good For You makes up for a quiet period with seven new tracks bristling with the lessons learned since their record label tangle following debut album Definitely The Red Wire.

“The EP is a great chance to showcase what we’ve become as a band and what we can do when we really put the effort into writing,” says singer Alek McGovern. “The tracks on the album were okay, but I’m over the moon with how they’ve come out on this. It puts a big smile on my face when I listen to it.”

Continuity comes through Simon Patterson’s mixing of recordings made at Yellow Arch, the studio in which the band canned their first demo. Five Years Wasted sums up Alek’s thoughts on the false start endured by these talented rockers.

Lens a hand with a new video

SOUTH Yorkshire muso Ian Huddlestone is looking for a handful of actors for a video being made for his new single next Wednesday.

The former Viva High Rollers singer is after three girls and five lads over 18 to star in the parody project; a cross between the X factor and Phoenix Nights to be filmed at Rotherham’s Eastwood WMC. Behind the camera is Rolande Hall who previously did the promo for the Rollers’ Love That Girl.

“Unfortunately we cannot pay for your time, but refreshments will be provided, and you will get a copy of the DVD when complete,” adds Ian who can be contacted at ian.huddleston@live.co.uk

Trees tease that could ring a Bell

POP minx Sophie Ellis Bextor gets down with the badgers tonight when she joins Erasure as the first of the acts to give Sherwood Pines Forest Park something to shake about.

The woman some of us still remember as the stunning face of indie band Theaudience is sporting a new album, Make A Scene, a combination of disco, nu-disco, pop and 1980s electronica, including the singles Not Giving Up On Love and Starlight.

For Erasure the outdoor pursuit near Clipstone is part of their Total Pop! Tour ahead of Andy Bell and Vince Clarke’s first new record in four years. Tomorrow sees Simple Minds joined by James Walsh in the unique venue.

New single and a secret show for Hey Sholay

WITH airplay raising anticipation for Hey Sholay’s new single Dreamboat the double a-side gets an invite-only send-off at a discreet location on July 1.

The seven inch releases in on Fierce Panda in association with Label Fandango and appears on June 27.

Hey Sholay’s stock has been rising of late with appearances at The Great Escape and an invite to play for Mumford & Sons label night Communion at Nottinghill Arts Club and now Serbia’s collosal fort-based festival EXIT after winning an online public vote.

Tour for Hard-Fi

FOUR years after their second album Once Upon A Time In The West a September tour will send Hard-Fi back to Sheffield.

The quartet release the disappointing Good For Nothing on Monday as the first single of their August-due album, follow-up to two previous number one records including 2005 debut album Stars Of CCTV.

The voices behind Hard To Beat, Cash Machine and Living For The Weekend recorded the new songs in Los Angeles and their Staines studios with singer Richard Archer co-producing alongside names behind The Killers, Madonna and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They return to The Leadmill on September 26.

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