Grooms of gloom warm up WMC

Mabel Love.
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SELF-professed makers of guitar-driven gloom rock Mabel Love play their biggest local show this Saturday – ahead of their biggest show ever in June.

The former comes after they released Socks on free download – see to grab and see videos to Socks and the corking Breaking It All – ahead of a UK tour and official debut single.

On June 11 they open the second sold-out Arctic Monkeys homecoming show at Don Valley ahead of Miles Kane and Anna Calvi. Tomorrow they play Sheffield’s Queens Social Club.

“We wanted our first gig of 2011 to be something extra special for people who’ve been with us since day one and Queens will be just that,” says bassist George. “It’s a proper old school so we feel like a proper Saturday night turn.”

That follows a winter spent writing and recording in their spider-ridden Neepsend practice room. “We wrote a plan about a year ago of where we wanted to be as a band, how we wanted to build it and what level we wanted to be at by this time,” says frontman Richard Rice.

“It is eerie how closely we have followed that. Tunes we wrote around the turn of the year are the best we’ve written. It feels like everything’s falling into place nicely.”