Fortuna POP! presents
SHRAG + PEEPHOLES + TOWN BIKE
Thursday 14th October, Doors 8pm
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King's Cross / Angel
Tel : 020 7837 5387
Advance: £6 from We Got Tickets / £7 Door
An exhilarating blend of dirty, distorted post-punk guitars, shouty riot grrl-style vox and fantastic pop songs, alongside nods to everyone from Le Tigre to Penetration. Their debut album garnered comparisons to Love is All, Gang of Four, B-52s, The Long Blondes and led to a UK tour supporting The Cribs, appearances at both London Popfest and Indietracks festivals, and a session for Marc Riley on BBC 6music. Their second album Life! Death! Prizes! is released on WIAWYIA Records on October 4th.
"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)_
Peepholes are Katia Barrett and Nick Carlisle who take turns singing, drumming and synth-prodding whilst smiling a lot and running back and forth on stage. Their songs, often cloaked in a cloud of echoing atmospherics, throb with raucous beats and jab you in the eye when you're not looking. It's party music for the lost at sea - sometimes tribal, sometimes soaring, never boring. Peepholes have a number of self-released EPs available through their website and a forthcoming split 12" EP on Upset The Rhythm.
“One of the most strikingly singular bands I’ve heard this year… a Fuck Buttons that has decided to write pop songs.” (Bearded Cephalopod)
Town Bike formed in the summer of 2006 as an overtly-pop reaction to the dull hipster indie rock dominating Liverpool. Having gained allies in the likes of Steve Lamaqc and Everett True, the band's ode to McFly's fittest member (the Myspace-conquering Dougie) found them a new audience of teens worldwide, and saw them mentioned in the surf-boyband's interview in The Times. More pertinently, their debut EP When Good Kids Go Bad combines the sweet indiepop sounds of early Kenickie with the raw pop-punk of the Ramones to brattily addictive effect.
"Outdoes Helen Love in a spurt of surf sixties pop and a tirade of potty mouth lyrics" (Indie MP3)