Fortuna POP! presents Basement Scam
Milky Wimpshake + Tigercats + Woolf
Advance: £6 from We Got Tickets/Door: £7
A potent mixture of fizzing pop tunes, punk attitude and protest folk have made Newcastle’s anarchist indiepoppers Milky Wimpshake one of the UK’s best loved indiepop bands. They’ve released numerous singles and compilation tracks on assorted indie labels, along with three albums, and as überlord of the Slampt label Pete was responsible for launching a hundred fanzines and as many bands, The Yummy Fur and Kenickie included. In the last couple of years the band have played knockout sets at both Indietracks Festival and London Popfest. Their new album My Funny Social Crime is out on Fortuna POP! on 15 November.
“Their safety-pin-in-my-heart pop-punk style is the direct descendent of Buzzcocks, Undertones and the like.” (Drowned In Sound)
Tigercats are Duncan, Giles, Jonny and Stefan. Figuratively, they are made of Violent Femmes, Chic, Buzzcocks, Feelies, Hefner, Lonnie Donegan, and Life Without Buildings. Literally they are made of Esiotrot and Hexicon. They live in east London and make noisy music of open-hearted joy and sparkly-eyed adventure. If you like songs that start with intimate confession and end in furious vegetarianism, or studies of Konnie Huq's easily-forgotten role in the Beijing Olympics, you'll love Tigercats! Tigercats have two singles available through Haircut records.
“Loose in a wonky-pavement-esque way with fragile melodies that are somewhere between Pete Shelley and Marc Bolan and a slightly off kilter rhythm” (Subba-Cultcha)
Woolf are slowly playing faster. Formed at the Lambeth Women's Project featuring members of Gender Fascist, Schneaky Tigers, Corey Orbison and Roseanne Barrr they now rehearse in a room where people go for sex. Female-fronted female-backed queer Wollstonecrafts, Thomas Beattie & Maria Beatty are their flawed mentors.
"They exude a no-wave, dark punk sound which resists categorisation and provides a challenging listen. When they’re on, their “off” is amazing." (Slow Songs for Fast Hearts)