THE MURDER Capital will play Leeds and York as part of a UK tour promoting debut album When I Have Fears.

The album is released on August 16, following the band’s July 23 gig at The Crescent in York and before the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on October 14.

NME described The Murder Capital as “a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation”.

Another critic praised their cacophonous noise and stage theatrics.

Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals), the album features the band’s first singles Feeling Fades and Green & Blue, along with the first studio recording of breakthrough track More Is Less.

A spokesman said: “An exercise in both darkness and light, When I Have Fears serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound.

“From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part Slowdance, to the tender, bruised confessional of On Twisted Ground and industrial pulse of closer Love, Love, Love, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out the Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.”

The Murder Capital built up a national reputation through gigs alone, and a “caustic” live recording of More Is Less that went viral on YouTube.

Feeling Fades and Blue & Green were described as propulsive slices of post-punk, with the band stating they were driven by a desire to affect cultural change.

The Line Of Best Fit said: “The Murder Capital are as unstinting, honest and vicious as you’d expect the next great punk band torn from the streets of Dublin to be.”