Goats on Boxes Presents:
Thursday 9th December @ The Chameleon, Nottingham
An evening of angry bilious poetry, nihilist baiting post-punk hilarity and sweet noisy pop music
"Horowitz songs are like something you can cling to when times are hard, or you’ve had a shit day at work, or you have no money or your girlfriend’s just told you she’s running off with your sister." (A Layer of Chips)
Described as “the sound of the indiepop underground,” Horowitz formed in 2004 as a three-piece bedroom project. Since then they have released a full-length LP, 5 singles and numerous compilation tracks, memorably coining the slogan ‘Popkids of the World Unite!’ on the b-side of their first single for Cloudberry Records, 2007’s ‘Tracyanne.’ Practically bleeding DIY ethics, the band have taken their Pavement-meets-Subway Organization brand of noise pop to Germany, Sweden and the U.S, playing some of the finest indiepop clubs and festivals including Cosy Den in Stockholm and the 2010 NYC Popfest.
“For other bands, Horowitz make lesson one quite simple. Have tunes. Loads of them." (In Love With These Times in Spite of These Times)
Conceived as a sort of situationist prank by a group of Norfolk based misfits, Scumbag Philosopher are a nihilist-baiting mismatch of a crazed girl mauling her two drum kit. a grumbling, misanthropic, borderline aspergers front man and cascading, caterwauling guitars. They make an odd yet still strangely catchy kind of post-punk racket - alienated, knowing and not afraid of wearing its smartness on its sleeve. Lyrical focus is on the absurdity of office life, celebrity and hipness.
Signed to US label Words On Music, Scumbag Philosopher line-up two releases later in the year - the “God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead” single and the album “It Means Nothing So It Means Nothing”. ETA for both slabs of angular yet wry alienation: autumn 2010. Indie obscurantists may notice a similarity between Scumbag Philosopher and sometime Norwich grumble punkers Fuck Dress. The latter moniker has been sold, for a considerable purse, to a well known youth fashion retailer who will use it for a new line of edgy urban clothing for the swearier young woman.
Expect a torrent of vile abuse and pointed bitterness over rudimentary punk, funk and hip hop loops. Expect to leave glassy-eyed and nervous.
£6 on the door, £5 concessions*, £5 in advance**
*East Midlands Indiepop Facebook Group members, SU card holders and OAPs.