It Bites and Mostly Autumn will meet you in autumn 2011 with new UK tour - tickets on sale now

It Bites/ Mostly Autumn
It Bites/ Mostly Autumn

If ever there was an excellent band that were in the wrong place at the wrong time, it was It Bites during the mid-'80s. At a time when music-fans were being serviced with epic synth-pop 12", or indie-bands were shambling around like under-nourished hobos, this Cumbrian-based quartet were attempting to pass-off progressive-rock as four-minute pop-songs. They achieved their goal just once...

"Calling all the Heroes" became a modest hit in 1986 when founder-member Francis Dunnery fronted the band, elevating them to Radio 1/Top Of The Pops status - but it didn't last. Their even better material, such as the albums "Once Around the World" and "Eat Me in St Louis" (and subsequent singles), all took a comparative nose-dive and the band sank in the early-'90s.

However, a reformation in 2003 and a critically-acclaimed album in 2008 ("The Tall Ships") has done them the world of good. Another new studio album (mooted to be called, "Map of the Past") is due out later this year - and it just so happens that It Bites are back on tour in the autumn with, erm, Mostly Autumn as part of the co-headline!

The "I'll Meet You In The Autumn" tour (title adapted from one of their earlier b-sides), kicks off in Newcastle on 14th October and continues to Workington, Glasgow, Nottingham and a few unusual stops (Sale and Clitheroe), before ending up at the Islington Academy on 28th October. Tickets are on sale now, priced at £17 or £20. Note: a Cardiff date is slated for the Millennium Music hall on 23rd October, but since that venue has closed down, we're not sure of the new venue. Clwb Ifor Bach is probably a good bet.

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