Fans of spikey raw indie-pop might not be familiar with Northern Ireland's General Fiasco, just yet. But if acts like The Subways or The Pigeon Detectives fill your heart with energetic glee, you could do much worse than check these boys out.
They formed in 2007 as a three-piece and within weeks were playing an 'unsigned-bands' festival. Within 12 months they appeared on the BBC Introducing Stage at the 2008 Reading and Leeds Festivals and just six months later were awarded the coveted Hottest Record of the Week by, none other than, Zane Lowe. Jo Whiley invited them to play at the 2009 Little Noise Sessions, with 2010 providing the band with a multitude of festival slots, including Glastonbury and T in the Park. Their debut album, "Buildings", appeared to modest acclaim (and resultant sales), but it's their new music which might just transform their 'likes' into 'loves'.
Just for a change, General Fiasco have stayed indoors for much of this year, busy working on some new songs and only touring during October - they are due to play Manchester tomorrow night and Belfast on Sunday - but the lads have recently issued a new EP, "Waves", and announced more shows, this time for next spring.
Dates include Glasgow (20th Feb), Newcastle (21st), Manchester (22nd), Camden (23rd) and Brighton (25th). Tickets went on sale this morning, priced at £7 (£8 for London) and should sell pretty fast if previous tours are anything to go by. More shows may be added and a second album could well be in the offering by the time February comes round.
Meanwhile, check out the rather catchy song, "The Age That You Start Losing Friends", from the new EP "Waves", on the player to your right.