Former Little Man Tate frontman Jon Windle announces winter 2011 shows - tickets available now

Jon Windle
Jon Windle

Once the brown stuff sticks, it is very hard to get off. So goes the Little Man Tate story and the role played by an off-the cuff comment from mercurial indie leviathan Jarvis Cocker.

A Sheffield band looking for a break might hope for a bit of a talking up from one of the city's musical giants but Cocker didn't mince his words, quoted as saying "There's a group called Little Man Tate, who are an absolute pile of sh*t."

That 'LMT' were not to the Pulp frontman's taste is one thing but, for a young group fighting to make their way in a crowded scene, the indictment was like flypaper to a sneering music press looking for its latest whipping boys. "They're sh*t" went the oh-so-imaginative refrain.

The thing is, Little Man Tate were a lively little indie band with an ear for melody and a sense of fun, and who wore their hearts on their sleeves. They recorded two albums of plucky, catchy indie sing-alongs that were a joy to behold live.

Emerging in 2005, and with Jon Windle and Maz Marriott penning the tunes, LMT quickly earned a reputation for producing romantic, three-and-a-half minute vignettes that spoke of girls, parties, getting drunk, having sex and falling in love.

Their big mistake was thinking they could bite back at the gutter snipes with songs like 'Man, I Hate Your Band' and 'The Self-Appreciation Club' (about music journalists). "Jarvis says you're sh*t," they spat back.

LMT jacked it in two years ago but lead singer Jon Windle still had some life in him and refused to go away. He released his debut solo LP, 'Step Out the Man', in October last year and a second album is in the pipeline. Jon has returned to gigging with a mixture of new tunes and the occasional LMT favourite.

Following a busy summer, Jon Windle has announced of handful of gigs across the north later in the year, beginning in Bathgate, Scotland, on 4th November, followed by shows in Hull, London (Nambucca), Manchester (Ruby Lounge) and The Cockpit in Leeds, before a hometown gig at The Plug in Sheffield on 17th December.

We have tickets for all dates available now, priced from just a fiver for Bathgate, rising to £8 for Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield. Interestingly, the London gig - for once - is actually cheaper than most, at£7.

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