Suede showcase new album with surprise gig

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6 Sep 2022, 17:44

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They rocked up in east London last night.

Britpop pioneers Suede launched their forthcoming new album, Autofiction, by playing it in full at the tiny Moth Club venue in Hackney, east London last night.

But if you're Suede, one of the most iconic indie bands of the 90s, you can't just put Suede on a poster in a window of the 300 capacity Moth Club. It'd be pandemonium! So what do you do?

Easy, you call yourself 'Crushed Kid' for one night instead of Suede.

Rumours of the groups appearance hit social media last week when the unknown band were listed as performing at the Moth Club in Hackney and Manchester's Deaf Institute on both venues websites.

There were also cryptic posts on Crushed Kid's Instagram - showing obscured figures, but obviously of the members of Suede - as well as a photo posted by NME on Monday morning showing Suede's equipment, although almost out of the frame, at the kitcshy London venue.

Frontman Brett Anderson greeted the crowd upon taking to the Moth Club stage by saying, "We are Crushed Kid. Thank you for coming. We love you so much."

The band then performed the new album in its entirety.

The band will play a second 'secret' gig at the Deaf Institute in Manchester this evening (September 6th) before embarking on a tour of UK record shops and intimate venues from September 15th.

Autofiction, the groups ninth album, is released on August 16th <spanks bottom, claps>.