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DIY single represents a new Dawn

IGNORING the name of their latest release, Tarka Dawn are giving Secret Letters a very public send-off tonight at Sheffield’s O2 Academy.

Mind you, it is the second time of trying after heavy snow put paid to their December fixture to launch the follow-up to Spanish Girl.

Secret Letters is actually already out there and features three tracks recorded at 2Fly Studios, capping a busy year which included local contrasting support for The Bluetones, The Datsuns and Tinchy Stryder.

“We have been together for three years and we have achieved a lot to say we are doing this ourselves,” says guitarist Lee Walston. “We often take for granted how well we work together when our jobs create a hurdles.”

The band also made their first video for the single, available now on CD from HMV and to download from iTunes.

“With all the hard work we have put into this single I must admit it was really deflating when the gig was pulled,” says front man Craig Jeffcock, “but it was a relief when the Academy offered us another date.”

Arteries getting into circulation

WELSH punks The Arteries, seem to have dodged the lure of hip hop or the synth while growing up to instead absorb influences from Hot Snakes to Lagwagon, via AC/DC.

Their debut album for Household Name Records - Blood, Sweat & Beers – led to support slots with the likes of The Bronx, Chuck Ragan, Less Than Jake, F***ed Up, Dillinger 4 and Propaghandi.

New record Dead Sea sees them channelling their fiercely independent attitude to self-release on their SWFU label. Paper + Plastick, the label founded by Less Than Jake drummer Vinnie Fiorello, will be picking up Dead Sea later in 2011 to give it a vinyl life.

They’ve been touring non-stop since September, playing more than 50 shows all over the UK, mainland Europe and the east coast of the US.

Currently in the middle of an eastern European tour before supporting Fat Wreck’s Dead To Me in April, they pay a Sheffield visit to The Riverside tomorrow.

Make a date for a Florrie meet

LAST seen in these parts with the majestic Two Door Cinema, this miss has escaped the world of production line pop to show the world her true intentions.

It is foxy Florrie’s first headline tour ahead of a début album for the 21-year-old who is a drummer, singer, songwriter, programmer and guitarist.

She previously put the beat into the Xenomania house band where she played on pop hits for the likes of Girls Aloud and Pet Shop Boys.

She’s been giving away her own music online via her website. Give Me Your Love from her recent Introduction EP was a club whopper with a bit if class while her début single Call 911 confirmed Florrie, pictured right, as something other than simply another dancefloor bunny.

Lording it up, doing the double

FOR the past 10 months Dead Sons, pictured above, have been holding the attention of many lugholes thanks to a sound dark, dramatic and a little different to the usual Sheffield offering.

On February 28 that translates into a ‘white label’ double a-side single featuring I Am The Lord and City Nights, available on vinyl and download.

Dead Sons played their first gig just last year at the city’s Tramlines festival, following up with a September tour and demo releases which landed local and national airplay.

A UK tour in March kicks off in Sheffield on March 4 at a venue to be confirmed.

Alex is a bright Spark

A LIMITED edition single called Mary will represent two firsts when it is released on February 14 – it is the début for Sparkadia, in their one man band guise and the inaugural output of the Gold Dust label.

Alex Burnett is the soul proprietor of the outfit, which lands at Sheffield bar venue The Bowery on February 25.

Travelling from Berlin to Stockholm and New York to Los Angeles before settling in East London, Alex started working with producer Mark Tieku (Florence + The Machine).

Mary is the first offering from those sessions, a track with slivers of soulful Springsteen, rousing gospel and a faultless Florence-worthy dose of dramatic street spirit.