Fri 25 Sep - Shrag + Help Stamp Out Loneliness + Downdime + 18 Carat Love Affair - Basement Scam Club, Buffalo Bar, London
Fortuna POP! presents Basement Scam
Shrag + Help Stamp Out Loneliness + Downdime + 18 Carat Love Affair
plus DJs playing indiepop, soul, punk and 60s till late
Guest DJ: Simon Love (The Loves) + Treacle Holasz
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
Expect jagged post punk, ragged electro pop and a bundle of ramshackle, runaway energy, alongside nods to everyone from Le Tigre to Penetration. Their debut album Shrag was released on WIAIWYA earlier this year and has garnered comparisons to Love is All, Gang of Four, B52s, The Long Blondes and more.
"A spectacularly bitter indie girls-set-on-stun dual vocal attack, in what is one of the better bands to juxtapose schmindie twee and angered literary abstraction since 1990s unsung legends Prolapse." (The Guardian)
HELP STAMP OUT LONELINESS
Fresh out of nowhere and featuring Colm and Bentley from indie popsters Language Of Flowers, Help Stamp Out Loneliness - named after a Nancy Sinatra song, of course - are, in their own words, "a lounge-gaze-krautpop band". It’s singer D. Lucille Campbell who’s the real star here though, her Siouxsie glamour and Nico-esque vocals make a unique mix when coupled with the band’s poppy Stereolab-ish tunes.
“Catchy, cheer-uppy, get-dancey tunes that shimmy along powered by big hits of Blondie-style sparkly pop.” (Kitten Painting)
Downdime are a noisy, psychedelic indiepop band formed in Leeds in 2004, taking inspiration from the C86/indiepop bands of the 1980s and 90s such as Rocketship, My Bloody Valentine and The Wedding Present. They have so far released two 7" singles: Seeds of Hopelessness (Squirrel Records, 2005) and Hate the Morning/Joanne (Squirrel Records, 2006), and their debut album Knowing Too Much is out now, also on Squirrel Records. Singer/guitarist Ged played drums with indie stalwarts Boyracer for several years in the 1990s.
“If you like your Pavement, Mercury Rev, Sebadoh and your Wedding Present then this is for you. Well played, well recorded, good songs, good sounds, all good, sometimes it really is that simple.” (Organ)
18 CARAT LOVE AFFAIR
The 18 Carat Love Affair are, according to Time Out, "Bouncy and oh so slightly music hall-toned electro popsters" playing "vaudeville-drama folk". They believe this to be a fair assessment. Comprising of - amongst others - former 586 singing songwriter Steven Horry and Subliminal Girl Jim Rhesus, the band formed in late 2008 after a protracted argument as to who the best member of Girls Aloud is. They recorded their first demo in January 2009, the lead track of which was quickly played by John Kennedy on XFM's X-Posure and made its way on to DJ playlists as far afield as Budapest.
If the Pet Shop Boys had released 'Constructs' it would be their best track since 'West End Girls'. Sorry, correct that. It would their best track ever!" (The Devil Has The Best Tuna)