Butcher Boy + My Sad Captains + Airport Girl + Kelman @ RoTa, Notting Hill - Sat 17th March 4pm FREE
Fortuna POP! curate Rough Trade Shop's weekly Saturday afternoon get-together. As always, it's FREE!
Saturday, 17th March, Doors 4 - 8pm
Butcher Boy + My Sad Captains + Airport Girl + Kelman
RoTa, Notting Hill Arts Club, 1 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ
Tel: 020 7460 4459
Having been at the heart of the UK’s indiepop scene for the last four years as the man behind Glasgow’s legendary National Pop League club night, John Hunt is now stepping out with a group of his own. Hotly tipped by the likes of The Guardian and Pitchfork, the band’s debut album “Profit in your Poetry” on How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Records has met with ecstatic reviews. Imagine Tindersticks, Felt, Lloyd Cole, Morrissey, and songs to die for. This is only their 2nd London show.
“Inspired by monochrome movies and bleak winters, these cello-and-viola-flecked songs transcend their Smiths, Tindersticks and Felt influences... Regret, giro-funded couplets, sensual ambiguity – it’s all here, resurrecting a great British genre.” (Uncut)
MY SAD CAPTAINS
My Sad Captains are a London-based quintet who sound like Pavement getting a pop overhaul. Formed in late 2004, they expand on the standard guitar line-up by adding various other instruments, such as violin, melodica, keyboard, glockenspiel and samples. They produce an american alt-pop sound, touched with country lashes and occasional fiery noise outbursts. They have supported the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Broken Family Band and Absentee, been praised by NME and The Fly, played by Steve Lamacq and featured on Nic Harcourt's KCRW show 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'. Their debut single “Good To Go” will shortly be released on Fortuna POP!
“Sparkling indiepop in the vein of Pavement, the Lemonheads or Broken Social Scene, and the kind of music it’s possible to fall deeply in love to with people across the room whose gaze you momentarily caught but will never meet.” (Rock Feedback)
Formed in 1997 in the East Midlands by singer-songwriter Rob Price, Airport Girl’s original influences ranged from the Scottish pop of The Pastels and Belle and Sebastian to the American flavours of The Modern Lovers and Pavement. They released one album “Honey, I'm An Artist” (2001), on Fortuna POP! in the UK and on Matinee in the US. The late great John Peel, Steve Lamacq and John Kennedy (XFM) all played their songs on the radio while NME, Melody Maker, Careless Talk Costs Lives and Les Inrockuptibles all had kind words to say. A new album “Slow Light” was released in January 2007 and demonstrated a shift towards a radically altered sound, a glistening downbeat country-pop hybrid inspired by American alt-country and the antipodean sounds of The Triffids and “16 Lover Lane”-era Go-Betweens. The album attracted a slew of excellent reviews from the likes of The Guardian, Metro and Drowned In Sound praising the luxuriant arrangements with their judicious use of violin, cello, trumpet, harmonica and melodica, and the world-weary, country-tinged songwriting.
“Swathed in Cosmic Country Shimmer...A toasty soundtrack to duvet-wrapped winter despondency" (Metro)
London-based 3 piece influenced by The Velvet Underground, New Order, Tindersticks, Galaxie 500, Smog and The Go-Betweens. Formed from the ashes of the hotly-tipped Baptiste, their debut single, The Happiest Man Alive, was released on their own Liner Records label in Autumn of 2005, followed by a second single, The Heart Is A Useless Ally, and an album “Loneliness Has Kept Us Available” in 2006. The band will contribute their cover of the Go-Between’s “Apology Accepted” to a forthcoming Grant McLennan tribute album.
“Fine, regret-stained, swimmily gorgeous pop" - Kittenpainting