Sat 1st Aug SHAKE THE SHACKLEWELL III with Bunnygrunt (USA) + September Girls (Ireland) + Colleen Green (USA) + Tigercats + The Spook School + Mammoth Penguins + Eureka California (USA) + Witching Waves + DJ Simon Love
Fortuna POP! presents
SHAKE THE SHACKLEWELL III
with Bunnygrunt (USA) + September Girls (Ireland) + Colleen Green (USA) + Tigercats + The Spook School + Mammoth Penguins + Eureka California (USA) + Witching Waves + DJ Simon Love
Saturday 1st August, Doors 2pm
The Shacklewell Arms - 71 Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, London E8 2EB
Transport: Dalston Kingsland Overground Station / Rectory Road Train / Buses 488, 236, 149, 76
Tel : 0207 249 0810
Advance: £13.50 from We Got Tickets / £15 Door
Hey, summer’s here and what better way to celebrate than with our annual "Shake The Shacklewell" alldayer at London’s coolest venue The Shacklewell Arms on Aug 1st, featuring some of Fortuna POP!’s finest acts plus a bunch of other great bands.
Headlining are legendary indie DIY punk pop veterans Bunnygrunt from the USA, closely backed up by Dublin’s dark-hearted & reverb-soaked September Girls, and critically acclaimed American pop-punk songstress Colleen Green. We’ve indiepop you can dance to from the hyper-rhythmic Tigercats, the brilliantly fun and energetic The Spook School playing their noisy guitar pop songs of gender and identity, and the awesome Mammoth Penguins with their exhilarating indie anthems, Emma Kupa’s (ex-Standard Fare) candid songwriting and heartfelt vocals at the fore. And last (or first, depending on how you look at it) but not least, we’ve Eureka California, from Athens, Georgia, with their echo beach nuggets on Happy Happy Birthday To Me Record, and London trio Witching Waves getting us off to a flying start with their buzzy pop music.
Come along, grab yourself a pint of great beer (The Shacklewell always has a range of craft beers on tap) and a burger or a hot dog, hang out in the beer garden, watch some seriously cool bands and help us Shake The Shacklewell.
Bunnygrunt are an American indie punk / pop band from St. Louis, Missouri. Over their initial five year run, the St Louis band toured the entire USA a half-dozen times, released two great albums, a million singles & compilation tracks, and then blew out in a blaze of glory with a whirlwind tour of Japan. They appeared on the Billy Bob Thornton movie ‘Bad Santa’ and later reformed for Athens Popfest. They’re planning to release their next album ‘Vol 4’ this summer.
SEPTEMBER GIRLS (IRELAND)
Drawing inspiration from the likes of Phil Spector, The Velvet Underground, The Cure, My Bloody Valentine and The Jesus And Mary Chain, this Dublin-based all-girl five-piece play reverb-soaked noise-pop of the finest order and have been described as "a combination of razorwire guitar lines, thudding Moe Tucker beats and girl group melodicism". Cursing the Sea garnered widespread coverage, with a Guardian New Band of the Day piece, NME radar and 8/10 review and a 4* review in The Fly as well as coverage in The Sunday Times, The Observer and Uncut. The Financial Times said that they were “like a less malevolent Jesus and Mary Chain – impressive power, conjuring exactly the right balance between noise and sweetness” while Time Magazine no less named them as one of the 11 best new bands in the world.
COLLEEN GREEN (USA)
Colleen Green is a fantastic pop punk singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles, writing bright, deadpan songs with a hint of melancholy. ‘I Want To Grow Up’, her second album for Hardly Art, was released in February this year and follows a newly 30-year-old Green as she carefully navigates a minefield of emotion caused by entering modern adulthood. It features JEFF the Brotherhood’s Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Weissbuch, who collaborated with Green over ten days recording in Nashville. The album has been met with widespread critical acclaim, with Pitchfork praising her “elegantly wry, acerbic, hooky pop style” and the Line of Best Fit describing her as a “one-woman Bikini Kill/Garbage cross-breed” writing “perfect surf-pop”.
Tigercats are a band from London as ambitious and intelligent as only people who try to shoehorn elements of Prince and the Trojan back-catalogue into a Jonathan Richman song can be. Having honed his songwriting craft in the short-lived but much much-missed Esiotrot, Duncan Barrett recruited sibling/long-time producer Giles (bass), talented songstress Laura (keys) and rhythmic powerhouse Jonny (drums), as well as latest member Paul Rains (guitar, of Allo Darlin' fame). After early singles on Haircut Records and WeePop, their debut album Isle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos. Their recently released album Mysteries has received a raft of ecstatic reviews.
THE SPOOK SCHOOL
The Spook School play very noisy guitar pop songs about gender and identity, inspired by the post-punk-pop of The Buzzcocks, Lou Reed's 'Transformer' and the films of Buster Keaton. They pen love letters to other DIY bands which have been described as "charming", "hilarious" and "terrifying". Their drummer Niall will remove his t-shirt and give it to one lucky member of the audience. You do not want to miss these guys live. Their brilliant debut album "Dress Up" was released in 2013 to much critical acclaim, and the follow-up “Try To Be Hopeful”, produced by MJ from Hookworms, will hit the streets this October.
Mammoth Penguins are a three piece indie rock band based in Cambridge. Composed of members of other bands including Standard Fare, The Pony Collaboration and Puncture Repair Kit, they got together in spring 2013 and have since played gigs with, among others, Allo Darlin, The Tuts, The Wave Pictures, The Lovely Eggs and Mega Emotion. They’ve just released their awesome debut album Hide And Seek via Fortuna POP!
EUREKA CALIFORNIA (USA)
Eureka California is Jake Ward and Marie A. Uhler from Athens, Georgia. The band tells stories of a society in decline, of dysfunctional citizens awash in their unsatisfied desires. They make yearning, echo beach nuggets pop that tells stories of life in their southern college town. Their most recent album, ‘Crunch’ (Happy Happy Birthday To Me) was released in May 2014.
Witching Waves released a storming record at the end of last year 'Fear Of Falling Down' - which came out on the increasingly awesome Soft Power Records. The London trio make buzzy pop music sound so damn good. Contenders, they are.
+ DJ Simon Love