>>>The Pains go marching in>>>

Hello and happy new year Pain-fans, welcome to this first proper Pain-missive for 2006.

We’ve been locked away in Miss Pain HQ plotting and scheming for the coming months. And this Saturday sees our first mission of the year (nb. The Pipettes gig on Thu 26th has been postponed, so don’t go):

Miss Pain + The Khe Sanh Approach + The Resistance
Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3BA [map]
doors: 8pm
entry: £4

Bundled into an unmarked van, bound for a headline show in Cambridge, synths and theremin primed to unleash a barrage of noise on the unsuspecting population. Having been cooped up since their chaotic pre-Christmas show, it looks likely this’ll be an unhinged and cathartic affair to drag those misbehaving machines kicking and screaming into 2006.

Other news from the world of Pain...
The new all-singing, all-dancing website is taking shape, we promise it will be a glorious affair of clashing colours, dashing imagery, obsessive detail and general frivolity. We’ll be emailing you as soon as it goes online. So just sit tight and be patient.

[YOU CAN HELP: We’re on the lookout for any material we can use on the new site. We want to document every single show we’ve played, and we need your help to do this. So if you took some photos, video, wrote a review, stole a set-list or have found any reviews, press-clippings, etc, of Miss Pain, please get in touch (thempains@misspain.co.uk). Thank you.]

Long-serving live favourite ‘F* Machines’ - described by Plan B as “a searing Ballardian synthscape...like The Normal-with-a-wide-on” - has been selected by Ann Shenton (she of Large Number, formerly of Add N to (X), and namesake of Sarah’s pet rat!) to be released on ‘The Electronic Bible chapter 2’. The compilation is set for release towards the end of February by White Label Music, and we Pains are incredibly excited by this prospect, not least because...

We have been asked to play at two of the Electronic Bible launch parties, Yeah!:
FRI 24 FEB: Windsor (with Large Number, X-Wife, and Hiem)
SUN 26 FEB: London (with Large Number, X-Wife, and Zil)

And all you Brighton Pain-fans will have to wait a little longer to catch some live Pain action:
FRI 10 MAR: at Polar Central with Motormark;
or catch some DJ action from all 3 Pains:
SAT 18 FEB: L’Amour Electronique at The Penthouse.

So there you have it: plenty of things to scrawl in yr diaries.

Stay warm, and don’t break yr new year resolutions.
The Miss Pain three


And so, Miss Pain crept quietly into 2006....

Dear Pain-fans,
It’s a new year, and you may be forgiven for thinking us Pains have been resting on our laurels, debauching ourselves through the festive season, and generally getting out of shape.

You’d be wrong, of course, for we are in whippet-thin condition, with healthy, glossy coats and an interminable hunger to get back out there and cause a disturbance...

...Just as soon as we get a few chores finished.

As I type, Sarah Pain is in a plane, somewhere between Japan and Brighton. Be sure to wave as she flies by.

Meanwhile, things are afoot in Miss Pain HQ, Dom Pain is locked away in a damp, far-flung corner, correcting his Hypertext Markup Language and creating a ravishing new website. And Verity Pain has been deep in correspondence regarding our inclusion on Ann Shenton’s Electronic Bible chapter 2. You’ll also notice we have a few gigs coming up (look to the right...).

Conclusion: This is the calm before the storm - so hold on tight kids.

the M.P.3. xxx