With a scream of lo-fi-laden feedback, a clunk of Mo Tucker drums, a sashay of shiny tambourines, and the laments of a heartbroken gentle-soul voice all rife in music again, it seems the time has come for a C86/twee indie revival proper. In the last couple of years London club nights such asTwee as F*ck, Spiral Scratch, and The Beat Hotel have put on shows featuring bands that clap, dance, sing harmonies, sing in cutesy voices, bang drums as if for the first time, and turn the ‘tremelo’ effects to maximum. From the My Bloody Valentine and Pastels loving The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, to the Jesus and Mary Chain clatter of The Manhattan Love Suicides and Crystal Stilts, to the sunny bright ‘ba-ba’-laden My Sad Captains, to the Orange Juice borrowings of Hatcham Social, and not forgetting the ultimate in the new wave of fey pop bands, Los Campesinos!
It’s cool to wear your heart on your sleeve again (and compliment it with a heart patterned dress and hairclips), dress like Amelia Fletcher, and rejoice in being bookish or geeky or awkward or lonely. GIITTV faves The Pains of Being Pure at Heart cite albums by Rocketship and The Pastels as the best of all time, suddenly The Field Mice, Another Sunny Day, etc all have populated Myspace pages, and Camera Obscura and The Vaselines have made comebacks. But, who are all these bands? Let GIITTV’s deputy editor Miss Fliss be your guide…