Pot of tunes at end of Rainbow

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IT’S taken a while but Nasmyth Row have finally released their new EP and they’re playing a launch show at hometown Sheffield venue The Dove & Rainbow tonight.

Currently streaming on their MySpace and Facebook pages, it includes the raucous rocker Sexbomb A Go-Go and I Need You, a piano-lined, less bonkers offering with some canny guitar playing. The finished CD includes an intro track we’ve yet to hear.

Singer/guitarist Joel Barlow says Sexbomb A Go-Go was one of the band’s first songs. “It’s a fun, party, metal-inspired song about the joys of zombie strippers and has become a solid fan favourite.

“I Need You shows a deeper side to the band. Lyrically it is a very personal song about love, loss and hope, in the vein of a classic power ballad, but with a slightly more modern twist. We chose these for our EP as they best represent the different elements of our ever-increasing catalogue.”

On track to hit Tramlines trail

AFTER last week’s ‘big’ announcement that Futureheads will play the main stage on the Sunday comes confirmation that exciting newcomers Young Legionnaire will be there too on July 23.

Far from wet behind the ears indie kids, the band is the brainchild of Bloc Party’s Gordon Moakes and Paul Mullen, formerly of yourcodenameis:milo, whose debut album Crisis Works emerged this week.

Young Legionnaire initially started following a chance meeting between Paul and Gordon during the recording sessions for the Print Is Dead album in 2006, where Gordon guested on the track Wait A Minute with Paul and the rest of YCNI:M. More meetings and chats followed, eventually leading to rehearsals in 2009. Dean Pearson has joined as full-time drummer.

Local bands set for a capital gig

A BRACE of South Yorkshire bands are through to the grand final of the 2011 Live And Unsigned competition.

Hitomi, an alt-rock band from Barnsley and Sheffield, and Sheffield modern acoustic act Upside were among 11 chosen by judges – including Happy Monday’s bopper Bez – at the Manchester north west area finals to battle it out with other regional finalists at London’s O2 arena on July 23 in front of over 2,000 people.

That event is part of London’s largest indoor festival, Live Fest, which includes N-DUBZ, Tinchy Stryder, Roll Deep, Giggs and Tempa T.