Well, clearly not ACTUALLY them, but seven of the best UK bands influenced by early 90s American indie right now performing select covers by their heroes, amongst their own lesser known but no less worthy material ...
THERE'S NOTHING WRONG WITH COVERS
A half-day spectacular showcasing the cream of the current crop of British alt-rock, and paying tribute to the American greats of the late 80's and early 90's that influenced them. Bands will play a minimum of two covers each by their chosen band, interwoven with their own lesser known indie rock masterpieces.
STUFFY AND THE FUSES are PIXIES
Britain's premier drummer / lead vocalist (since the sad retirement from music of Phil Collins) Stuffy, and his band The Fuses, make the mammoth trek from ... round the corner, to take on Boston's finest The Pixies. Expect crashing drums, angular guitars, pounding bass, whirring keyboard, plenty of alt-rock related banter. And some Pixies songs!
4 OR 5 MAGICIANS are GUIDED BY VOICES
Fresh from gaining a Lamacq single of the week for recent 7-inch 'Change The Record' and an interview as his 'New Favourite Band', Brighton's 4 or 5 Magicians return to the Windmill Brixton to become Dayton, Ohio lo-fi rock giants for the night. Expect a full 40 minute Guided By Voices set comprising songs from the classic 1987 - 1995 period!
GIANT ROBOT AND THE CITY OF TOKYO as ARCHERS OF LOAF
Norwich has produced some great bands over the past few years, but sadly, due to the A11 being such a shit road, they haven't got out enough. Well rejoice then, as we bring you probably the best of the lot, Giant Robot and the City Of Tokyo, for a rare London gig (and last before vocalist/guitarist Mikey relocates indefinitely to America).
Giant Robot are so good that it is they and only they who have been given the accolade of doing some blistering indiepunk anthems from Chapel Hill, North Carolina's ARCHERS OF LOAF - the Greatest Of All Time. Fact.
PALE MAN MADE as SONIC YOUTH
Pale Man Made are from Newcastle but are making the arduous 5 (or 6, or 7) hour journey to London to play for us. They recently gained a Huw Stephens album of the week for their debut record 'Oh My Treasured Things', and have a drummer who is the double of Steve Shelley. Fittingly, they will perform a couple of the hits of New York alt-rock pinoeers Sonic Youth for us, amongst their own melody-laden pop gems.
FAVOURS FOR SAILORS as WEEZER
Adopted Londoners Favours For Sailors always sounded great as a three piece, but since recruiting ex-4 or 5 Magicians guitarist Matt Hayward (now known as Maltese Falcon) to the fold they have opened up a veritable pandora's box of guitar possibilites. One of which being that they can take on replicating the famous duelling guitar assualt of Californian geek-rock legends Weezer.
DUTCH HUSBAND as SEBADOH
Bournemouth is the last place you'd expect to find the best band in the UK, but if you venture down to the Dorset coast and catch Dutch Husband on the right night, then you may well come away thinking you had! But thanks to us you don't have to (though I would recommend going, it has a lovely beach!) as we've brought them here to The Windmill for an ultra-rare London outing. A member down as their bass player is off travelling the world, the band take on classic Massachusetts slacker 3-piece Sebadoh.
HOUR HANDS as BUILT TO SPILL
Hour Hands are from Brighton and always have been - a refreshing, organic, homegrown talent, and a shining beacon in a music scene flooded by well dressed, but ultimately souless, mediocre, production line bands churned out by the music college. If there was any band in the UK to take on the jaunty pop (i'm guessing we'll be looking at Distopian Dream Girl rather than Randy Described Eternity here!) of Boise, Idaho's Built To Spill, then it is Hour Hands. See if you can tell which are covers and which aren't! As the seminal Built To Spill Record is titled 'there's nothing wrong with love'. There's also nothing wrong with covers!
SPECIAL GUEST HEADLINER as JONATHAN RICHMAN AND THE MODERN LOVERS!
No lies - it's only 50/50 at this stage whether he can do it or not, but we could well have a very special guest along to perform with an assembly of friends as the last of three Massachusetts bands on the bill, seminal talky-art-rock troupe The Modern Lovers. NB. It's not actually Jonathan Richman.
Doors at 4:00pm ... Free BBQ at 4:15pm ... First band on at 5:00pm ... Last band finish at 11:15pm ... Entry : £6 on the door.
Advance tickets : http://www.wegottickets.com/event/33409
This gig will be brilliant! Who's coming?