Thousand Yard Stare
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds.
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Thousand Yard Stare were originally formed in 1988 in the not so rural surrounds of Slough, Berkshire, quickly building up a strong following, leading to their debut EP Weatherwatching in 1990, with the NME nominating them as “brightest hope for the future” and gaining a solid reputation for energetic live performances. In June 1991, the Keepsake and Seasonstream EPs reached the top spot in both the NME and Melody Maker Indie Charts, onto Reading Festival, and as support for James in in the Autumn. Next release - Comeuppance - reached No.37 in the UK singles chart, and signalled the release of their debut LP Hands On, produced by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). Touring across Europe with Jesus & Mary Chain and the US with the Soup Dragons, a coveted slot at Glastonbury Festival, and the cover of Melody Maker followed, before bowing out in 1993 with the release of their 2nd album Mappamundi. Out of the blue in 2015, a sold out re-union gig in London's led to a UK tour and selection of festival appearances, followed by a new LP Live At Electric in 2016, capturing the frisson of their live sound. In 2017, the band released their first full studio material in 24 years, in via a double EP DeepDreaming/StarGrazing. Further appearances the 100 Club in London and at festivals such as PennFest, Indie Daze and Shiine On followed, gaining critical acclaim for their still energetic performances. With the band sounding better than ever, they are embarking on a small number of dates in 2018.