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Ipso Facto support Shadow Puppets

By Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Ipso Facto
Ipso Facto are set to release their debut album next spring

Ipso Facto are following an appearance on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading Festival on Friday with a support slot on The Last Shadow Puppets UK tour.

The all-girl London-based band, who sound like a cross between The Velvet Underground and 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, have already played a couple of the Shadow Puppets warm-up sets.

The Mercury prize nominee's tour is one of the year's most anticipated but Ipso Facto singer Rosie Cunningham remains undaunted.
Shadow Puppets' UK dates
Wolverhampton Civic (11 October)
Manchester Apollo (12 October)
Leeds Academy (13 October)
Glasgow Academy (22 October)
Sheffield City Hall (23 October)
London Hammersmith Apollo (26 October)
Newcastle City Hall (27 October)

She told Newsbeat how it came about: "We occasionally speak to Alex Turner. We're in the same social circle and he asked us.

"He comes to quite a few of our gigs. Cherish Kaya, our keyboard player is quite good friends with him.

"I am really excited about it."

And it seems the potentially huge amount of exposure it will generate for the band is not the only bonus. Ipso Facto are planning on travelling in style.

Cunningham said: "We're getting our first tour bus as well, a proper tour bus. Apparently it works out cheaper than a hotel.

"You know the massive ones that you can live in? It's one of those.

"I don't know if we're going to get in each other's hair a bit too much living that close together. We all live together anyway so we're quite used to it.

Introducing stage

Ipso Facto join a line-up, which includes other hotly tipped artists like Fox Cubs and Thomas Tantrum, on the BBC Introducing Stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals.

Cunningham said: "This time last year we had only been a band for a couple of months so this is a very big deal for us."

The band's dark sounding pop music, coupled with their stylish black and white outfits and symmetrical bobbed haircuts have inevitably drawn comparisons with Essex goth rockers, The Horrors.
The Horrors
The band hate to be compared with The Horrors

But musically they don't sound anything like them and Cunningham bristles at the suggestion they share anything other than black hair dye and eyeliner.

She said: "That comparison is made by absolutely everyone but it's lazy journalism.

"Just because one person says it, then everyone else does, when it's obviously not true. We don't sound anything like them, in fact we couldn't sound more opposite.

"It p****s me off."

The band have released a couple of singles already and are working on their debut album.

Cunningham said they already have around two albums worth of material ready and hope to get in to a studio in September with a view to releasing the record in spring 2009.

She said: "The music is changing a lot recently, it's a lot more powerful.

"It's still minimal though, 'monochrome psychedelia' was a good term from the NME.

"Dark pop, that's what it is."

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