Dirtbags unite

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Colourfully-retro quintet Purson rock up in these parts tonight, on tour in support of their forthcoming EP In the Meantime, writes Sammy Jones.

The London-based mob are going great guns – their new single is receiving spins courtesy of BBC6 Music, Planet Rock Radio and Team Rock, Thegroup has also received nominations in the 2014 Classic Prog Rock Music Awards (Limelight category) and the Classic Rock Awards in the Best New Band Category.

Nice work, and perhaps best understood when Purson are caught live.

This evening’s show – at The Craufurd Arms – comes a week before the band set sailfrom Miami as part of the Kiss cruise paying with the legends of rock.

City Nights will be doing our utmost to sneak in with their luggage when they leave!

Wheatus are back at the venue on Saturday night.

Sure, you’ll know them from that Teenage Dirtbag tune, which was the right song at the right time and captured a generation, not to mention the charts.

But there’s plenty more than might initially meet the eye about this lot.

A not exhaustive list of random and bizarre episodes includes major label nonsense, lawsuits, line-ip changes, Lego videos, interstate art heist investigations, betrayals, intellectual property theft, a boy ‘band’ covering one of their songs (One Direction) and physical violence.

Nearly fifteen years since Teenage Dirtbag first made our acquaintance, and Wheatus are survivors, with six studio albums to their name.

And they don’t take kindly to being told what to do: “A very important record executive lost his cool with me in a meeting and threatened to drop us,” frontman Brendan B Brown recalls, “...I took him up on it.”

This date will be all the more special, because Brendan told us he loves the venue, and it’s the last date of the tour. Sniff.

Support is coming from MC Frontalot, Gabrielle Sterbenz and Late Cambrian.

On Wednesday, the reformed SiKth return to MK.

The Watford mathcore designed noise-bringers came to prominence 14 years back, and after tickling the fancy of rock critics and assembling a fanatic cult fanbase, they called time on the music making in 2007....until late last year.

The band returned with a tasty slot at the Download Festival, and then details of this current road-trawl were announced.

This is the first night of a UK tour which sees sterling support from MKs own Heart of a Coward.

The Century Media signings have already wowed with their first two long-players Hope and Hindrance and Severance, and writing has started for the next marker in their career.

Idiom also feature as part of the package on this Download Freezes Over tour.

Tickets are £14 in advance doors at 7.30pm.