With their second album ‘Jaded And Faded’ on the horizon, slated for an early 2014 release, their new single ‘Better In Leather’ premiered by Radio 1’s Zane Lowe as his ‘hottest record in the world’ just last week, and fresh from their recent signing to Cult Records, it would seem that Cerebral Ballzy are a band to watch. Add to that a headline position on The NME Radar Tour and these 80’s Hardcore revivalists from Brooklyn surely have it made. With tunes on topics such as pizza, girls, skating and not having enough train fare, what ‘Ballzy lack in terms of political conviction, they make up for with their love of circle pits and by sounding fucking ace. Also, a notoriously rabid fanbase combined with their reputation as an electric live act means that, the fact that they’re rocking a thirteen date tour on these shores makes us at JAM very happy chappies!

Their tour support, The Amazing Snakeheads, aint too shabby either; grinding out filthy, seedy, lo-fi Garage Rock. Their menacing track ‘The Truth Serum’ sounds like they made their instruments out of whatever was lying around and then recorded it into a tin can, in a pub toilet in the Gorbals. We don’t know if they’re actually as terrifying as we think they are, or whether we’re just being prejudiced about the Glaswegian accent but, the whole thing does sound as though you’re about three seconds away from having your head kicked in. Should be interesting…

In collaboration with Monster, NME’s hotly anticipated Radar Tour kicks off tomorrow night in Cambridge, before spending the better part of the next fortnight careening wildly up and down our green and pleasant land. Taking in some of the UK’s most distinguished mid-sized venues, including Edinburgh’s Electric Circus, Manchester’s Deaf Institute and Bristol’s Exchange, Radar culminates in a show at The Cockpit in Leeds on the 27th. Given the line-up, this is shaping up to be possibly the most hectic and insane NME tour in quite some time… so, GET ON IT!!!


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