Wednesday 5th January, Doors 8pm
London The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road N1 9JB
COMET GAIN + THE LOFT + VERONICA FALLS
Plus DJs Cool In A Crisis & Alex (Dream Diary)
Formed in London, England, in 1993, and influenced as much by the riot-grrrl movement as by the music of the girl-group era, Comet Gain mix punk-pop aesthetics with a more abstract northern soul sensibility. Originally signed to Wiiija Records, the original line-up split in 1997, songwriter David Feck assembling an all-new roster for the band's subsequent albums ‘Tigertown Pictures’, ‘Réalistes’ and ‘City Fallen Leaves’, released on Kill Rock Stars in the US and Track & Field in Europe. Magical, passionate and emotional, inspired in equal parts by The Go-Betweens, Godard, Irma Thomas, dance parties, Dexy's Midnight Runners, falling in love, mod and hootenannies, Comet Gain are one of the finest British bands of our time. Their new album, recorded with Edwyn Collins and Ryan Jarman of The Cribs, will be released on Fortuna POP! in 2011.
“Raw and vital records steeped in leader David Christian's actual, angry, and true poetry and the group's raw and alive sound.” – All Music Guide
Formed in 1980 by Peter Astor (vocals, guitar), Bill Prince (bass), Andy Strickland (guitar) and Dave Morgan (drums), The Loft signed to Alan McGee's fledgling Creation Records label, releasing their debut single "Why Does the Rain?" in 1984. The album "Up the Hill and Down the Slope" was issued the following year, earning both band and label some critical success. The band famously split up mid-song, onstage at the Hammersmith Palais, Astor and Dave Morgan going on to form a new band, The Weather Prophets, guitarist Strickland forming The Caretaker Race, and Prince forming The Wishing Stones.
Sexy Kids bandmates Roxanne and Patrick teamed up with James of Your Twenties (whom they met, in true indiepop fashion, at a Comet Gain show), and their friend Marion to form Veronica Falls in 2009. Similar to Sexy Kids, Veronica Falls' pop-oriented, reverb-kissed tunes, rooted in influences like Ultra Vivid Scene and the Chills, give a nod to The Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Je Suis Animal.