Sat 15 Dec @ 93 Ft East - The Christmas Covers Party w/ w/ Gold Architects + My Sad Captains + F Lun
Why Can't We Just All Get Along? and Fortuna POP! present
The Christmas Covers Party!
The Gold Architects
My Sad Captains
Note To Self
Oli ‘n’ Clive
The Jingle Belles
and Very Special Guests!
Synchronized 60s dancing from the fabulous Actionettes
Alex Brown (Hush The Many)
Declan Allen (Intensive Care, ATP)
JBT & Double D (More Fire, Vital Sound)
Lighting: Digital Offenders
Stage Design: Kalb ‘n’ Pepper
Saturday 15th December
93 Feet East, 150 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Nearest Tubes: Liverpool Street, Aldgate East, Bethnal Green
Tel: 020 7247 3293
Doors at 7pm until late, first band 7.30
Running order to be decided on night.
Tickets £5 advance from
We Got Tickets
All proceeds to Shelter, the homeless charity
What's all this about then?
A few years ago Nottingham promoters Whycan'twejustallgetalong? decided to get all their friends' bands to play a Christmas party. Because there were a lot of them, and to make it a bit more interesting, they asked the bands to only play cover versions and to limit their sets to 2 or 3 songs. They christened it "The Christmas Covers Party". Well, you would, wouldn't you? There are no headliners - the music has a gradual gradient from 'less party earlier to more party later' – and the bands don't tell anyone what they are going to play. Over the years all sorts of red herrings have been planted to throw covers detectives off track. Every year someone suggests doing "Do they know it's Christmas?". No one has attempted it. Yet.
The night is now firmly established in Nottingham and London and this year, for the first time, in Hamburg!
Some great bands have played in the past: Hush the Many, The Wolves Of Greece, Sweetbriar, Seachange, Lords, Designer Babies, The Grips, Amusement Parks On Fire, Saint Joan, Punish The Atom, The Hellset Orchestra, the Chemistry Experiment, After the Fox and many more. This year will be no exception…
THE GOLD ARCHITECTS (SUPERGROUP)
A supergroup comprised of members of Gold Sounds and The Grave Architects. Both originally from Nottingham and now resident in London, and both with less than subtle refences to Pavement in their names, The Grave Architects play heartfelt, witty country rock with a nod to Jonathan Richman and occasional forays into old skool rap for seemingly no good reason, while Gold Sounds play perfectly crafted classic pop songs a la mid-period REM with the odd folk styling here and there. Now they meet at last to test the ancient conundrum of physics: 'What happens when an irresistible force meets an immoveable object?'.
"This band will almost certainly change the way you think about the universe" (George Napthine)
MY SAD CAPTAINS
My Sad Captains are a London-based quintet who sound like Pavement getting a pop overhaul, expanding 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 Rumblestrips, played the End Of The Road festival, been praised by NME, Uncut and The Fly, phad radio play from Steve Lamacq, Gideon Coe and Huw Stephens, and featured on Nic Harcourt's KCRW show 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'. Their debut single “Bad Decisions” was released on Fortuna POP! earlier this year and a second is due for release on White Heat in January.
“Their ultra-melodic debut single is the sound of a perfect summer, all hooks, harmonies and handclaps. Ed Wallis' vocals mesh perfectly with Cathy Lucas' voice in a pop confection that combines the bright jangle of the Go-Betweens and the dark majesty of the Silver Jews.” (SoundsXP)
NOTE TO SELF
NOTE TO SELF is Jonnie Fielding and any other friends who happen to want to play. He started being NOTE TO SELF about 6 months ago. With a bit of luck, at the Christmas covers thing he'll be joined by some friends. When he isn't being NOTE TO SELF, Jonnie plays the violin for various people. They have included Larrikin Love, Kid Harpoon, Nizlopi & Hush The Many to name but a few. He currently plays the violin with HELSINKI which is Drew McConnell (Babyshambles) 's own band. They recently had a song feature on the Love Music / Hate Racism CD which came free on the cover of NME, and The-Pan-I-Am, which is Ed Larrikin's new band. Last Christmas Jonnie was supporting the Pogues for their own Christmas gigs at Brixton Academy. This year he is very much looking forward to playing at the Christmas Covers gig.
Keytarded is formed of Bearsuit girls Jan Robertson, Cerian Hutchings and Lisa Horton all playing that most wonderful of musical instruments… the keytar! They play inappropriate keytar covers (check out their version of “Love Will Tear Us Apart” on their MySpace… it’s enough to send Ian Curtis into a fit in in his grave), wear cutsie outfits and go round on roller boots. There are also unconfirmed rumours of an all-male dance troupe featuring the Bearsuit boys. Worth the entrance money alone I’d say!
F. Lunaire is a deranged piano genius given to dramatic flights of fancy and impromptu Pixies covers. His debut release the Mondestrunken E.P. is coming out sometime soon on the legendary Stiff Records label, if he can ever escape from the Kid Harpoon tour.
OLI ‘N’ CLIVE
Stemming from the green pastures of the West Country, Oli 'n' Clive met on the road to London carrying drums, cello, ukuleles, bass, cornet, harmonica, musical saw, guitar, violins, autoharp and eggs. Oli is the singer, and Clive is the rest of the band. Sometimes sounding like the raw end of Dolly Parton and sometimes the blithe end of Tom Waits, it's hard to pinpoint their main influences but they'd definitely include, as well as Dolly and Tom, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and Evan Dando. Perhaps more influential, perhaps, would be beer, strange east-European alcoholic spirits, dogs and Larry David…
THE JINGLE BELLES
The Jingle Belles are a kind of festive supergroup (another one!) comprising members of Not in This Town, The Chemistry Experiment and Saint Joan. These five ladies tore up the Nottingham Christmas Covers Party 2006 with their rousing renditions of Darlene Love's Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Leader of the Pack by the Shangri Las and an ingenious splicing of Maneater by Hall and Oates and Nelly Furtado's hit of the same name.