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Scumbag Philosopher to open shows for The Fall

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Image caption Scumbag Philosopher will be warming up for two of The Fall's five shows this summer

A Norwich band have been picked to warm up at two gigs by a cult music figure.

Scumbag Philosopher will support Mark E Smith's group The Fall at their shows in London and Manchester next week.

The opening slots come as the Norfolk post-punk band - heavily influenced by the Manchester-based outfit - gear up to release their album on 13 June.

"As a big fan of The Fall, I'm pretty excited about it all," said bassist Adam Green.

"However, I'm a little bit apprehensive about what other fans of The Fall are going to make of us - they're a pretty partisan bunch."

Mark E Smith put together The Fall in 1976 and they're widely regarded as helping to shape the sounds of a number of indie-rock acts including Franz Ferdinand and Sonic Youth.

The long-running band have been prolific with 28 studio albums in their back catalogue, despite numerous line-up changes forced by Smith, who is renowned for his ill-tempered interviews.

But Scumbag Philosopher - which also features vocalist Grant Madden, guitarist Jon Burker and drummer Anne Reekie - are putting any apprehension aside based on experience.

"A previous band that I was in supported The Fall many years ago so I've already encountered him and he was perfectly civil to us," said Adam.

The Norwich four-piece plan to fill their set with tracks from their debut long-player It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing including their first single God is Dead So I Listen to Radiohead, which came out on 23 May.

Scumbag Philosopher are next due to play a home gig at Glade Festival at Houghton Hall, near King's Lynn, on 11 June.

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