January 31st, 2010

On advice from members of the Musicians Clinic held in October 2009, plus with feedback back from A & R, DASTARDS have re-recorded FLASHLIGHTS in order to make it even better.

Gone are the arpeggios and acoustic guitars. In come some real ballsy guitars, a new bass line, massive lead breaks and a bigger drum sound – the overall effect being to give the track (already well-liked by Kerrang Radio) a huge wall of sound – just the spacey feel originally intended.

Check it out here:

DASTARDS gig gets moved to The Enterprise

December 11th, 2009

Last nights gig was moved at the last minute (we only heard during the drive down) – and was therefore a complete shambles. We had to stop and get the details of the new venue. So the band arrived late. All the people who were coming to see the band went to the original venue – and couldn’t get in because it was a private party.

So – the band had no time to sound check, were still stressed out from the journey (the road was closaed outside the venue so it meant an extra 20 minutes trying to find another route in London traffic), there were very few people there (even though the pub downstairs was full).

Anyway – the band gave it their best shot and then retreated outside to re-group.

Highlight of the evening? Hearing the new version of FLASHLIGHTS. It was only a rough mix but it sounds FANTASTIC!

Can you tell they are pissed off?

Let’s hope next weeks gigs are better. They are at THE JAILHOUSE in HEREFORD on WEDNESDAY 16th DEC (Hereford 6th Form College’s Christmas Party) and at THE JUNCTION in BRISTOL on 19th Dec 2009.

DASTARDS are back in London AND Bristol

December 4th, 2009

10 Dec 09 sees DASTARDS back at the Purple Turtle in Camden, London. Hope you can join us!

Then on Saturday 19th December DASTARDS are headlining at THE JUNCTION in Bristol. Get down and dirty … but don’t Stumble & Fall.

Tom Robinson plays DASTARDS on 6 Radio

November 23rd, 2009

On Sunday November 22nd Tom Robinson played PYLON on his BBC 6 Radio show and also featured the track in his weekly podcast. 

Tom has previously played STAYING OUT on his show.

So, Tom – a big THANK YOU to you. We will always appreciate those who help the band on the way up. You know who you are!

BBC Introducing with Tom Robinson on 6 music

Aha! Got a new camera – So great DASTARDS photos SOON!

November 12th, 2009

After using my little Nikon coolpix camera at nearly every gig since the band formed (back in 2005) I’ve finally got round to buying a Nikon D5000 DSLR which is supposed to take better pics in low light – and HD video too. George Guitar has got a more or less the same camera and Daisy (George’s sister) gets some great shots with it – making mine look a bit naff ..

So – the next DASTARDS gig is in London at the Purple Turtle on 10th Dec – so let’s see what pictures we get then!



November 5th, 2009

DASTARDS are rolling up in Bristol this weekend (7th November) at The Cooler. Headlining this time is Kid Carpet. Join us there.

And on Sunday (8th November) DASTARDS are racing over to Birmingham to play alongside Two Door Cinema Club at the Hare & Hounds.

Should be two cracking gigs where the band isn’t headlining so you can compare DASTARDS to some ‘signed’ bands!

See you there.


THANKS to all who came to watch DASTARDS in Camden

October 9th, 2009

Loads of DASTARDS fans turned up last night (8th Oct) to watch DASTARDS at The Purple Turtle. Many had travelled all the way from Bristol & Worcester.

We’d just like to say a huge “THANK YOU”. You are brilliant!

 Hopefully we’ll see some of you again on Saturday 10th Oct in Worcester

(at The Marrs Bar)


 Stretch X

DASTARDS – back in Camden on October 8th

September 29th, 2009

If you missed the last DASTARDS gig at Tommy Flynns, joins us at GLASSWERK PRESENTS @ PURPLE TURTLE on Thursday October 8th.

 Also on – our friends the Musgraves (used to the Matthew Bennett Band) who we played with previously at Atticus in Birmingham.

Last night we wnt to a ‘musicians clinic’ organised by www.tourdates.co.uk and met Mel Brown who did the PR for MUSE. She now has a couple of DASTARDS cds- lets see where we go!


DASTARDS make a rare trip to LONDON!

September 16th, 2009

Come & see DASTARDS at TOMMY FLYNNS in Camden this Sunday (20th Sept) – just 50p entry. (Even hard up A & R can afford that!)