Some seven to eight years ago, Gibraltarian rockers Breed 77 were starting to get a grip on the British consciousness and music-press with a string of nearly-hits and a couple of solid albums. After all, it isn't every day that you hear a band fusing their Flamenco-inspired roots with head-hitting metal riffs. It shouldn't work, but it has and it still does.
Chart positions count for nothing these days, although their second album can be justifiably paraded in front of band member's grandchildren in the years to come, accompanied by the proud legend, "I was there, I made that". "Cultura" clawed its way to #61, not bad for an indie outfit previously famous for supporting the likes of Machine Head, Metallica and Black Sabbath - actually, that's not a bad CV.
Album number six will appear at some point in the next few months - entitled "The Evil Inside", it follows 2009's "Insects" and is sure to appease anticipating fans. Recent single "Drown", available as a free download from http://www.breed77.com, is a gutsy B77 belter.
Their next tour follows on from 2012's jaunt with Soil and Fozzy and will see them kick off in Manchester on 7th March, followed by Birmingham, Bristol and several more until Wolverton on the 16th March.
Tickets are already on sale and cost £10 (or £12 for London).