On their tours across the UK and Europe, the band have met several like minded bands and struck up many friendships along the way. They are embarking on a series of gig exchanges with bands from Italy, France, Germany and other countries. Pete says "We have always firmly believed in and followed the Independent DIY ethic and we put all our own tours together. It's just more fun doing things yourself, even if it's a lot more work. Besides, the best thing about music is the people that you meet along the way. So we've decided that are going to try and swop gigs with bands from as many countries as we can. It's not an original thing, it's part of the punk ethic that bands all over the place do".
The first gig swop is with the Milan based garage band The Doggs, with a sound remeniscent of The Stooges. The Dinner Ladies have arranged for a short UK tour for the band and the Liverpool gig is on Friday 27th May at the Social Centre (Beneath News From Nowhere Bookshop), Bold Street. The night will be more like a party with an entrance fee of just £4, bring your beer plus punk, ska and reggae deejay and Pete's legendary veggie scouse to give the visitors a taste of the local culture!
On the international theme, Pete Bentham & The Dinner Ladies have just released a new video, produced by the Madrid based video maker Javier Horcajada for their song Do The Don't (Attached) to promote their latest album Hip Potater on Free Rock & Roll Records. Over the summer, the band will be touring Germany and the Czech Republic before returning to the UK for Rebellion Festival at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on 4th August.
For more info: www.myspace.com/petebenthamandthedinnerladies.
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