Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa afternoon presents:
FIVE BY FIVE - Five Saturdays, Five independent record labels, Sept 26th - Oct 24th
FREE ENTRY! 4pm-8pm, Notting Hill Arts Club, Notting Hill Gate, Bands + DJs, Happy Hour bar prices, comfy sofas, lovely records and t-shirts on sale
For five weeks, Rough Trade Shops’ RoTa proudly welcomes you to five FREE afternoon showcases by five marvellous independent record labels, each flying proudly in the face of big-suit, big-money corporate goat-herding and carving out a unique and personal path for themselves in these trying times. From the inspirational Old Guard of Too Pure Records - without whom the landscape of British music from the early 90s onwards would arguably look flat and colourless - through champions of bedroom recording and celebrators of the glorious cassette TapeClub Records; to OddBox’s love affair with glorious shimmering indie-pop; to the truly wonderful Stagecoach’s album release party on the relentlessly enthusiastic Alcopop! label; to Evil Pop’s off-kilter no-pigeonhole joyful noise. Each of these afternoons represents the work of people in love with music and who’ll believe in it until their dying breath. So join us each Saturday after you’ve been to the shops and before you go out to celebrate the joy of true independent record labels who refuse to be labelled! We just might inspire you to start your own...
5x5 week 1: TapeClub Records
Get your chunky old walkman out for the marvellous TapeClub label, committed to the glory of the gone but not forgotten cassette- without question the format which the joyful jaunt of heartfelt bedroom indie pop and acoustica was made for. Don’t worry, iPod generation, you can get all the releases on yucky MP3s and vulgar CDs, but don’t miss the ultra-limited edition, lovingly crafted tapes that will no doubt be on sale at RoTa today!
5x5 week 2: Too Pure Singles Club
The Rifle Volunteer http://www.myspace.com/theriflevolunteer
Skeletons and the Empty Pockets http://www.myspace.com/skeletonsandtheemptypockets
Tape the Radio http://www.myspace.com/tapetheradio
+Too Pure DJs
The legendary and inspirational Too Pure Records continues to passionately fly the flag of independent spirit, and RoTa is proud to welcome them down as they bring us a handful of their singles club roster- a wondrous taste of future music today!
5x5 week 3: Alcopop Records
My Amiga http://www.myspace.com/myamiga
My First Tooth http://www.myspace.com/myfirsttooth
Candle Thieves http://www.myspace.com/thecandlethieves
An afternoon of pure pop joy and heartfelt harmonies as we celebrate the release of RoTa favourites Stagecoach’s album on the wondrous Alcopop label along with synthpop pals MA, the sundrenched loveliness of MFT and the sweet toybox heartstring-pulling of CT.
5x5 week 4: Evil Pop Records
+ Silver Rocket DJs
Evil Pop bring you exactly what their name suggests: a twisty melee of fine and melodic avant-pop and post-rock scribbly noise, with Dallas’ supersweet 90s US indie-influenced big harmonies; the post-hardcore stop-start noise assault of Reflections; and lovely delirious math-pop from HTC
5x5 week 5: OddBox Records
The Kick Inside http://www.myspace.com/thekickinside
The Medusa Snare http://www.myspace.com/themedusasnare
Whales In Cubicles http://www.myspace.com/whalesincubicles
Kid Canaveral http://www.myspace.com/kidcanaveral
A marvellous outing for OddBox Records, champions of all things indiepop and C86, with more twinkling, chiming and fuzzing guitars than your heart can handle, and more than enough shimmering loveliness to chase away the October blues.