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On The Roadie

Stuart Bailie | 23:51 UK time, Thursday, 28 May 2009

This is the year of the grunt work, as the bands with ambition and verve get in their vans and take it to the people. It's been the saving of General Fiasco and it's the reason why And So I Watch You From Afar are losing tread on their tyres. The process is taking Cashier No 9 to Glastonbury and it's leading The Vals on a series of German missions. Somewhere ahead of them all is The Answer, who have kept an entire Pirelli factory on overtime since 2001.

There's little glamour in the practice Just ask the Fiasco, who have trimmed their budget to £250 per day. That's travel, accommodation, food, per diems and a two man crew. The bottle of Remy Martin will have to wait for the day when fine Cognac is enshrined on the backstage rider.

To celebrate all this enterprise, I'll be talking to some of the active agents on my radio show. This Friday it will be the Panama Kings, back from Brighton and London and promoting the most excellent single, 'Golden Recruit'. The following week it will be time for The Vals, who are also upping the expectations and never knowingly idle.

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