The first of our Winter Sprinter gigs is this Tuesday...
London The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB
Tuesday 4th January, Doors 8pm
SHRAG + THE LOVES + STANDARD FARE
Plus DJ Paul Wright (Track & Field)
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! was released on WIAWYIA Records in October and was named Album Of The Month by Artrocker.
"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)?
THE LOVES ?
Legendary psych-pop collective from Cardiff, who fuse Nuggets-style garage pop, bubblegum fuzz, sugar sweet indiepop, and hand-clapping, hip-shaking rock'n'roll. Favourites of Marc Riley and John Peel, for whom they recorded four sessions, including one live at Peel Acres, the band are fronted by Simon Love, whose "did-he-really-just-say-that?" style of stagecraft is entertainment itself. The band’s fourth LP “…Love You” is released on Fortuna POP! in January and is the current Album Of The Month in Artrocker. The Loves will be retiring on Valentine’s Day 2011.
'A wide-eyed retro-chic indie-pop sextet that sound like The Monkees playing at being The Velvet Underground.' (NME) ?
Standard Fare is a three-piece indie pop/rock band from Sheffield in the U.K. Comprised of bassist/vocalist Emma Kupa, guitarist/vocalist Danny How, and drummer Andy Beswick, the group drew inspiration from both classic C-86 groups and U.K. guitar rock heroes like Orange Juice, as well as American indie rock bands of the '90s. The group released their first single, "Dancing," on Thee Sheffield Phonographic Corporation in 2009, then recorded the songs for “The Noyelle Beat” album in six days and released the album in 2010.
"A riot of hormones, cut-to-the-chase lyrics, bolshie girl-boy vocals and jingle-jangle propulsion...The best and most loveable aspects of indie guitar music." (The Sunday Times)