PopArt Monthly: Double Album Launch Party
Saturday 14th March 2009 @ The Fly, 36-38 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1EP
7pm till 2am
FREE before 8pm, £5 after
Performing live: And What Will Be Left Of Them?, Brontosaurus Chorus, Superman Revenge Squad.
PopART DJs playing indie, soul, punk, camp hip hop and other random stuff.
Compere Dave Rees hosting Indie Win, Lose or Draw.
Bring a compilation CD to get it played in the upstairs bar.
5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … Blast off! Double blast off!
Who would dare attempt a double launch? NASA? The Russian Federal Space Agency? The China National Space Administration? The Galactic Empire? We’ve checked. Not one of these huge, multi million dollar operations have the conviction, the nerve, the audacity, the sense of theater or the plain stupidity necessary to attempt such an unprecedented feat. Only Indie-Pop Pranksters PopArt London have those qualities, if little or no knowledge of rocket science. Which is why we’re launching two albums instead, both out on our label on 16th March.
AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM? Launching their album “THE HI-FI LOW LIFE.”
AWWBLOT?’s long anticipated debut album opens with “DIY Not Die,” which must have been their personal motto over the last FIVE YEARS of gigging up and down the country, winning people over town by town and inviting everyone into their delightful, sexy, noisy clatterpop world of dance, drink, synths, guitars, drink, solid gold hooks and drink. Maps magazine reckon they “manage somehow to find a way of capturing the essence of all that is fun in indie-pop music and distilling it into two and a half minute bursts of off-kilter lo-fi pop joy.” Drowned In Sound say “AWWBLOT? make me want to dance, scream, shout and sing manically.” AWWBLOT? are perhaps THE best live band in the country; their on stage chemistry and musicianship are testament to the fact they have been living the DIY dream for so long, but they launch into every song like it will be the first and last time it is ever heard, like these are the only two and a half minutes of past, present or future that matter to them. And once you’ve seen them, every song is the only two and a half minutes that matter to you. Until they tear into the next one.
BRONTOSAURUS CHORUS Launching their album “YOU’VE CREATED A MONSTER.”
Brontosaurus Chorus are everything you ever wanted from an indie-pop band and lots more you never even thought to ask for. Like some sort of pop octopus, the EIGHT personalities that make up The Chorus are each making their own sweet music with just about every instrument imaginable and are each deserving of your undivided attention, but somehow it all comes together into an incredible, unclassifiable, perfect whole. Just when you think a song full of battered joy like “Now We’re Making Out,” can’t get any better, the trumpet comes back in and then the string section and you’re dancing with a new vigour. The Joy Collective say “They're focused talented musicians and produced some of the most gleeful and joyful music” and God is in the TV described them as “a less mental Los Campesinos jumping around with Arcade Fire's bubblegum pop playing cousins in a parallel universe.” They’ve also been compared to Belle & Sebastian, Sonic Youth, Tullycraft, Comet Gain, The Cure, Pulp, Joy Division and The Polyphonic Spree, sometimes within the same article. But that’s the thing; they sound like all the bands you love and like nothing else you’ve ever heard.
SUPERMAN REVENGE SQUAD
Modestly described by himself as “one bloke from Croydon and an acoustic,” and more bombastically described by Tom Robinson on Radio6 Music as “A very sharp lyricist indeed… Absolute genius!” SRS creates melancholy tales of modern living, shot through with intelligence, insight, wit and humour. Who else has considered so deeply how the contents of your shopping basket reflect your wider life, as SRS does on “Idiot Food”? Folk Music Forever say he’s “accessible, inventive and painfully funny, taking shots at pop culture but never straying too far from endearing self-deprecation.” He’ll have you thinking and nodding in agreement and laughing out loud all at the same time. So you’ll look a bit odd, but you won’t care. The album “This Is My Own Personal Way Of Dealing With It All,” is available from the SRS website.
AND THAT’S NOT ALL
Leicester’s Funnyman ‘The Bullet’ Dave Rees will be hosting a special edition of Indie Celebrity Win Lose Or Draw between AWWBLOT? and Brontosaurus Chorus to decide who headlines the show!
PLUS We still want all you lovely people to bring along your 30 minute compilation CDs for the upstairs bar. We’ll pick some at random to play on the night, and last month’s donated CDs will be available for people to take home.
Keep a little PopArt in your heart x