Wednesday, March 24, 2010

UK Tour News - Part 1

Sorry we've been lazy with updates about our UK tour here on our blog (though we do update quite a bit on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter - those are shorter, hehehe), but it's been an extremely busy week for us so far as we've played 4 shows so far in just 6 days (and there were hours of travelling around on buses + vans too)! So far, these are the ones we've already done:

19th March - Couple Live in Manchester @ Academy 2, Uni. of Manchester Students' Union
21st March - Dirty Water Club @ The Stag's Head, London
22nd March - Liverpool Malaysian Night @ Mountford Hall, Uni. of Liverpool
23rd March - Couple Live in Manchester @ Bumper, Liverpool

As you all might have known if you've been following us on Myspace, Facebook and Twitter (if you haven't, then what are you waiting for?), our beloved bassist Masrin actually flew with us to the UK, but just about 2-3 hours after arriving he got a call from Malaysia saying that his mom was in critical condition in hospital, and after a long hard deliberation he decided that he had to go back to Malaysia to be with her. His mom passed away 2 days after that and we're glad that he managed to get back to Malaysia in time to see her. Please spare a prayer or two for her, God rest her soul.

With Masrin gone, we were scrambling to find a replacement bassist, and thank God the kids we were bunking with in Manchester knew of one, and apparently my roommate there's also a bassist too. So we'd like to take this opportunity to extend our deepest gratitude to Din and Adam for helping out on bass duty throughout this UK tour. I know it must be real hard trying to learn 16 songs in such a short span of time, so guys, thanks so much for putting on a game face and getting on the stage with us. We're forever in debt.

We'll talk more about the tour later (and upload pictures too), but for now the awesome teaser video above (shot by the Ikan Paos Collective, who's following us around here and hopefully we can make a tour documentary out of it - DVD anyone?) and the video below (from a media session we did in Manchester) can tell a bit of the story:


Monday, March 8, 2010

Couple UK Tour 2010

Yes, you read that right kids, finally we're getting the chance to tour the United Kingdom (without bankrupting ourselves, thank you) this year. The fine folks at Kugiran Negara Ke UK Enterprise (aka KNUKE), who last brought Hujan and then Seven Collar T-Shirt and Estrella to play a few shows in the UK in the last 2 years have decided on bringing us this time, with the help of Air Asia X as the airline sponsor.

We'll be playing 5 shows in the UK, 3 organised by the KNUKE gang and we've managed to get 2 other shows organised by UK promoters/venues, and you can find the details below:

The KNUKE shows:

Couple Live In Manchester
Date: 19th March 2010
Venue: Academy 2, Students' Union, Main Hall, University of Manchester
Opening acts: The Stowaways, The Beat Merchants, The Rays, House of Five
Tickets: GBP10.00

Couple Live In Liverpool
Date: 23rd March 2010
Venue: The Backroom @ Bumper, Hardman St, Liverpool
Opening Acts: The Stowaways, Shane Beales, Bernard & The Thrumptons
Tickets: GBP 3.00

Couple Live In London
Date: 28th March 2010
Venue: The Fiddler's Elbow, 1 Malden Road, Kentish Town, London NW5 3HS
Opening Acts: Someone's Daughter, Captain G
Tickets: GBP10.00

Additional UK shows:

Dirty Water Club
Date: 21st March 2010
Venue: The Stag's Head, 55 Orsman Road, London N1 5RA
Acts: Couple, The Sundae Kups (USA), Dylan Walshe

The Windmill Presents - Couple
Date: 24th March 2010
Venue: The Windmill, 22 Blenheim Gardens, SW2 5BZ
Opening Acts: No Cars (Japan), Junkyard Choir
Tickets: GBP4.00

Just to share a bit about the extra UK shows, Dirty Water Club is a long-standing monthly garage rock night regularly held in London since 1996, which has hosted garage rock legends like The Monks, Billy Childish, The Cynics, Radio Birdman, The Stems, The Lime Spiders up to current garage rock stars like The White Stripes, The Black Lips and King Khan & The Shrines, and we are very proud to be invited to play this legendary garage rock night and hope to rock the faces off everyone in attendance. So if you're in London then, do drop by and check us out!

The Windmill Brixton, is a small London venue (named by The Independent newspaper as one of the Top 10 Venues In The UK) that's made quite a name for itself for the high quality bands they book for the venue, which has seen performances by everyone from legends like Stereolab, Daniel Johnston and Shonen Knife to current hip bands like Bloc Party, The Cribs, OK Go, The Magic Numbers, Hot Chip, Los Campesinos!, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Pippettes, The Spinto Band, Yeasayer and so many more, and we're so very proud to be considered good enough to headline a show at this venue by the owners/promoters there.

They had this to say about us on their website (which you can read in full HERE, just go to the 24th March listing to read): "Couple describe their music as 'happy, clappy and not crappy', but, even so, the quality and exuberance of this took us completely by surprise and we booked them in rightaway... While the band tend to drop kudos to the likes of The Beach Boys, Big Star, The Who, The Raspberries, The Beat, The Rooks, and Weezer, we can also hear bits of such legendary bands like The Smoking Popes and Superchunk in there."

So, if you're in the area at the time of these gigs (even if you aren't the UK's not that big right, so just come!), please do drop by, tell all your friends to come too, and let's all have blasting good time and rawk our hearts out together. We look forward to seeing all of you there!.Rock n roll, and Malaysia boleh!!