15 Oct 2005
'Keep Breathing' - the new album by The Durutti Column 
The Durutti Column's new LP 'Keep Breathing' is set to be released soon on a major label. And on Saturday 22 October the band, featuring guitarist Vini Reilly, drummer Bruce Mitchell and multi-instrumentalist Keir Stewart, will be playing their first gig including new material from the album. The gig is a "near home" performance at Bury Met Arts Centre. More tour dates are listed below.

The album features 12 brand new tracks, recorded and written by Vini Reilly and arranged by Ben Roberts.

Reilly famously, has criticised his previous recordings, claiming, "It's all rubbish". This album though has received his own critical acclaim. "It's a great album", he says "For the first time in 25 years, I'm pleased with my own album, I want it to succeed, and feel its good enough to do that".

Whilst 'Keep Breathing' will be released on a major label, The Durutti Column also release their own material on Kooky Discs. Most recently the classic Amigos Em Portugal Live album, was re-released on CD for the first time. The 2004 album Tempus Fugit has sold out its initial pressing of 2,500, Both albums and more Durutti Column rarities are available through the band's own website www.thedurutticolumn.com.

Tour dates

22 Oct - Metro Arts, Bury [0161 761 2216, www.themet.biz]
26 Nov - Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh [0131 220 6176, www.thecabaretvoltaire.com]
27 Nov - Arches, Glasgow [+ support, 8pm, 13.50/9.00 GBP, 0870 240 7528, www.thearches.co.uk]
28 Nov - Lemon Tree, Aberdeen [01224 642230, www.lemontree.org]
02 Dec - Cluny, Newcastle [0191 230 4474, www.theheadofsteam.co.uk]
04 Dec - Ronnie Scotts, London [08700 600100, www.ticketweb.co.uk]
05 Dec - Komedia, Brighton [01273 647100, www.komedia.co.uk]

Thanks to Phil Jones.

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