Monday, January 31, 2005

I can announce the support bands for next week's mini-tour are as follows:

8th Feb 2005 - Brighton Concorde 2
Support from Brakes (British Sea Power/Electric Soft Parade "supergroup") and Cherubs

10th Feb 2005 - Nottingham Rock City
Support from Agent Blue and Cherubs

11th Feb 2005 - Liverpool University
Support from The Cribs and Cherubs

12th Feb 2005 - Glasgow Garage
Support from The Cribs and Cherubs

13th Feb 2005 - London Astoria
Supporting The Ordinary Boys
Support from Eastern Lane and The Subways
Thank you again for another wonderful tour - the word certainly seems to be spreading every gig was either sold out or very close to selling out and after struggling to be heard for two years it's wonderful to think that there are now so many people who "get us".

Thanks, gratitude and admiration of the highest order also deserves to go out to everyone who bought Lackey in the first week of release and helped acheive our highest ever chart entry. We were stunned to see that it was Number 14 in the midweeks and were ecstatic when it finally came to rest at Number 21!

Thank you everyone.

Cheers, Johnny xx

Thursday, January 13, 2005

You Can pre-order Lackey now from HMV by clicking here.

Three formats:
CD:Lackey (Album Version)/King Prawn £1:99
7”:Lackey (Radio Edit)/Neil Armstrong £0:99
DVD:Lackey (Video)/ Guerrilla Guide To Gigging Part 2 (Abbey Road) £2:99

The Others’ debut album released 31st Jan 2005-01-10 You can pre-order it from Amazon where it is only £8:99 by clicking here.



Sorry dullards: they’re not going to go away you know. Light a fire on the hillsides and spread the word to the neighbouring villages: The Others are set to release their third single and it’s a cracker!

Having already incurred the wrath of the slow-witted with loopy class rant ‘This Is For The Poor’ and pro-Pete psalm ‘Stan Bowles’, Dominic Masters and his bedraggled crew continue their warped care-in-the-community programme with anti-wage-slave diatribe ‘Lackey’. “But he can’t sing and they look shit!” whine the ‘real’ music caucus, sheltering behind their Buffalo Springfield box-sets. Quit quacking, gang! Because what you have to realise is that while every dive bar on the planet is crawling with Darkness-esque spandex rockers and – worse – gurning DJ’s, only Blighty could produce a band consisting of an ageing goth, a skinhead guitarist (called, erm, Jimmy Lager) and a singer who, as well as looking like he uses his nose as a snack dispenser, regularly smokes crack and has a transsexual boyfriend called Johan.

Better still, ‘Lackey’ is The Others’ best tune yet, a corkscrew in the forehead of feeble Keane fans everywhere crammed with crackling bass and fuzz-guitars, offset by Dom’s deranged anti-annual assessment lyrics: ‘I don’t want to be a lackey in a job/ Want to escape for a while/ Get a new idea!’. Proof positive that the need for The Others’ pro-confrontation spirit in 2005 is all consuming.


From – 8/10
During January 2004, Razorlight's Johnny Borrell gave that infamous interview where he suggested his debut album would be "better than Dylan" or words to that effect. Immdiately, we scoffed long and loud. Who was this young whippersnapper? It'll be fun savaging his album when it does come out, we thought.Of course, while making comparisons with Mr.Zimmerman proved entirely redundant when "Up All Night" did finally appear, Borrell still got the last laugh. It was a fine album, full of charisma and great tunes and this writer recently voted it inside his personal Top 30 of 2004. For all his 'ex-Libertine' cred, it seemed Mouth Almighty Johnny wouldn't need to trade on his contacts after all.And, approximately 12 months on, it looks like we're going to have to do a similar word-eating job where another Libertines acolyte is concerned. Initially, I admit, we were suspicious of THE OTHERS round W&H Towers. Dominic Masters was another outspoken mate of Peter Doherty's and wrapped up in that whole 'London's Burning' thing the dear old NME were thrusting into our midst. Bah humbug, we thought. This lot are bound to be crap.Then their second single "Stan Bowles" hit the stereo. The moment of truth, we thought. And, despite all our reservations, it wasn't half bad. Ragged, but glorious, its' oik-like power was infectious and buoyed up by an illuminating pair of interviews Masters granted us over the next few weeks. That he walked it like he talked it was undeniable and when we caught one of their typically incendiary live shows at London's Cargo it seemed we were staring burgeoning greatness in the face.So it's fitting that I'm writing about The Others' soon-come third single "Lackey" on New Year's day. For whether anyone likes it or not, 2005 is going to be a major year for this band and this single is the obvious trailblazer for an album that will be big news.

Crucially, too, "Lackey" is the one that shows The Others amount to more than just Dominic's charismatic, Dickensian presence. Driven along by another of those metronomic, Peter Hook-style basslines from Johnny Others, it demonstrates The Others' musical wing are far more than simply muso-also rans orbiting their leader's creative sun. Before Masters even makes an appearance, we're treated to Jimmy Lager's spidery guitar work and Martin Oldham's steamhammer drumming and the end results are even more exhilarating and persuasive than "Stan Bowles."Naturally, though, it's ultimately Dominic's weaselly, Bill Sykes-style presence that steals the show. "I don't wanna sell my soul to The Man today, I don't wanna throw it all away," he sneers, absorbing himself in another anthem that's destined to be quintessential Others and a calling card every bit as potent as "This Is For The Poor."Natural selection will ensure 2005 kills off the majority of the 'London's Burning' bandwagon jumpers, but The Others are made of sterner stuff. This much we know. The rest will be made clear when the album arrives. Dominic's already said it'll be this generation's "Definitely Maybe" and at this moment in time you'd be foolish to dismiss the notion as empty rhetoric.
by Tim Peacock


This is the third single from Poptones luminaries The Others, and another taster from their soon to be released eponymous debut album.
'Lackey' is an angry, messy rant against the drudgery of a nine-to-five lifestyle. A familiar rock'n'roll sentiment perhaps, but one which singer Dominic Masters delivers with a venom and feeling which ring pretty true.

"You know you're bored when you're watching TV on a Friday night" spits the frontman, over a squall of punky guitars and piercing snare. Like the band themselves, this track is noisy, loose, unruly, and utterly brilliant. Bring on the album.~Chris Watkeys


Seeking to consolidate on the lead gained by previous single; 'Stan Bowles' The Others hit a tale of defiance and self belief into the back of the net. They do so via skirting with the mod era, taking the bones of Brit pop and a shade of punk in a manner not dissimilar to contemporaries The Ordinary Boys. This quartet demonstrates an endearing amount of integrity and down to earth grit that has become rarer than the post of television scriptwriter.
Lyrically, Lackey is mundane yet strangely captivating as The Others decry the rat race and champion the plight of soulful integrity;
“I don’t wanna be a lackey in a job that doesn’t pay.
I don’t wanna have to listen you…. Today.
I don’t wanna have to sell my soul to the man… Today.”
The sincere vocalist Dominic Masters bellows out these lyrics with heart and beckons in society's underdog, with his empathy and controlled anger. This quartet is beginning to rise above fellow new guitar bands with their old fashioned honesty and no frills intensity
David Adair

From Manchester Online:
The Others - Lackey (Poptones/Mercury)
Richard Cheetham

FOLLOWING the fragmented and low-budget recordings of This Is For The Poor and Stan Bowles, The Others return with a major label record deal.

It is all too easy to despise singer Dominic Masters for his larger than life ego, or for his ‘from the streets’ philosophy, but it’s a far greater challenge to find faults with his band’s music.

Although Masters is clearly the weak point in The Others, even his lackadaisical vocal delivery and tinny voice cannot spoil the good work of the band behind him, and Lackey bounces along at a likeable pace.
Masters' intent may have been political odes to the working classes, but the end-product is witty, creative angular guitar pop rather than political propaganda.

He writes with the mind of a man more naturally aligned to boardroom meetings than council estates, yet his band could still become one of the most important of 2005.

If it was possible to turn Britain upside down and shake out all the bands that mastered the post punk sound, The Others would land with a momentous thud. Even in their new single Lackey without lead singer Dominic Masters’ pronounced vocals, the band drive an amphetamine pace with intelligent riffs and slamming drum beats to create something to run the race with fellow rockers Bloc Party or The Rakes, but maybe not as grown up. Dominic Masters keeps his integrity in the lyrics by appealing to the outsiders of the world, and in this instance, the outsiders are those who don’t want to work the typical nine to five. The conviction in the lyrics are convincing and therefore inspiring as he sings I don’t want to be in a Lackey in a job that doesn’t pay. It’s a song to keep the idle in bed after the alarm goes off in the morning.
Michelle Manning


The Others LackeyPoptones/Vertigo
Article written by Ged MDec 14, 2004

Setting aside the juvenile glamorising of Class As, the Others’ second single ‘Stan Bowles’ was a pretty spiffing single, chocka with teenage spleen and with a driving rhythm. ‘Lackey’, released on 17 January, is another rabble-rousing song of the sort that the Libertines once made, with a brilliant guitar riff and building to a great climax. Sadly then, I have to report that it is damaged beyond repair by Dominic Masters’ lyrics. With a chutzpah worthy of a bloke with a massive record deal from Vertigo Records, he sneers with 4th form spite: “I don’t wanna be a lackey in a job that doesn’t pay…I don’t want to sell my soul to the Man today”. When was the last time you heard “The Man” referenced in a song? This ridiculous bollocks undercuts the song’s otherwise neat pop structure. You can only feel embarrassed for them.

Monday, January 10, 2005

More Live Dates added for Feb - forthcoming live dates:

Support on all dates from The Rakes & The Ludes:

15-Jan-05 Newcastle University
16-Jan-05 Aberdeen lemon tree
17-Jan-05 Edinburgh liquid rooms - also playing an instore gig tonight at 5pm. The address is:
Avalanche Records
63 Cockburn Street

18-Jan-05 Manchester academy 3
19-Jan-05 Leeds Cockpit - also playing an instore gig tonight at 5pm. The address is:
Jumbo Records
5/6 Upper Mall
St John centre

21-Jan-05 Sheffield Leadmill
22-Jan-05 Norwich Arts Centre
23-Jan-05 Bristol Fleece
24-Jan-05 Oxford Zodiac
25-Jan-05 Birmingham Academy 2
26-Jan-05 Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
27-Jan-05 Leicester Charlotte

31-Jan-05 - Virgin (instore gig and signing) - Oxford Street, London
01-Feb-05 - HMV (instore gig and signing) - Liverpool
more dates for this week t.b.a check back for more details.

Febuary 2005
supports tbc

08/02/05 - Brighton Concorde 2
10/02/05 - Nottingham Rock City
11/02/05 - Liverpool University
12/02/05 - Glasgow Garage
13-02-05 - London - Astoria -NME BRATS SHOW - supporting The Ordinary Boys



Saturday, January 08, 2005

Thanks to everyone who came to the playback last night - it was nice to be djing again - good, honest, self indulgent fun!

Here's the Dj set I played:

Johnny's Set:
Fun Boy Three - Farmyard Connection
The Others - In The Background
Psychedelic Furs - Shadow In My Heart
Marion - Sleep
The Others - Lackey
Elastica - Blue
Primal Scream - Kowalski
The Others - Stan Bowles
These Animal Men - Too Sussed
Cribs - Watch Trick
Mansun - Negative
Cribs - Another Number
Jesus And Mary Chain - Living End
The Others - William
Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow
Jimmy Lager's set:
Placebo - Nancy Boy
Libertines - Up The Bracket
Blondie - Atomic
Teenage Fanclub - Sparky's Dream
Pixes - Debaser
The Others - Almanac
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
Clash - London Calling
Babyshambles - Kilamangiro
Johnny's set
Whipping Boy - When We Were Young
Rakes - 22 Grand Job
Paddingtons - Some Old Girl
The Others - Full Album Playback

Obviously, I wouldn't normally do such a full on Others set but seeing as it was a special occasion...