Scared To Dance proudly presents Shrag
Tickets are £7 in advance
Shrag bring buzzing, distorted guitar lines fronted by the finest frontwoman around. The natural charisma of Helen King whose onstage rage coupled with witty lyrics is forever engaging. Their groundbreaking second album Life! Death! Prizes!, laden with strings, found the band at their peak developing their musicianship with a less aggressive sound. From headline slots in Europe, to a UK tour with The Cribs to festival appearances in the USA they are the band to fall in love with. Shrag will be playing new material from their forthcoming third album Canines which sees a highly melodic strain of guitar-based pop, with a danceable, funkier element creeping into the rhythm section once more.
“Shrag are a sharp poppy post-punk band smearing their own dark lip gloss on sex and gender… You can always tell deep down they're looking for real, vital connection.” Pitchfork
Thee band of the London indiepop scene support on the back of their standout opening set at this year’s Indietracks festival. With spritely piano, spiralling guitar and semi-operatic diary entries, Pocketbooks tell celluloid stories to listen to in your bedroom. Their second album Carousel has just been released on Odd Box Records and finds the band with a fuller sound complimented by sweeping violins and girl group harmonies. Expect plenty of new gems such as “Promises, Promises”, which is sure to feature in everyone’s end of year lists, alongside the pop classics “Footsteps” and “Fleeting Moments”.
“This is Bacharach, and this is Bob Stanley. This is all those 60s pop groups who never aspired to be as cocky or salacious as The Shangri-La’s.” Everett True
THIS MANY BOYFRIENDS
The Leeds five-piece are pure indie-fun-pop. With a shared love of playing music far too loud in rooms far too small, they’ve been compared to Orange Juice and Hefner with more than a hint of the moroseness of The Smiths. Their debut Getting A Life With… EP received universal praise whilst they’ve continued where they left off with the frenetic new single “Young Lovers Go Pop!” With rave reviews from The Guardian and the NME, This Many Boyfriends are taking off in a big way. Make sure you catch them live before everyone else finds out about indiepop’s next biggest band.
“This Many Boyfriends eschew atonal axe mutilation for the sort of straight, cute indie you'd expect… with its evocation of teen naïveté.” The Guardian