Fortuna POP! Presents….
GO SAILOR + GOLD-BEARS + THE PINES
Tuesday 10th July, Doors 8pm
The Lexington 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Nearest tubes : King's Cross / Angel
Tel : 020 7837 5387
£7.50 Advance / £9 Door
Ticket link - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/170400
A great, short-lived band from the mid-90s who represent a key link in the US indie music chain, most notably for featuring Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, The Softies) and Amy Linton (Henry's Dress, The Aislers Set). They released three great singles and a few compilation tracks, and then went their separate ways. But what records they are! Basic and lovely in their song-writing, they're perfect snapshots of where indie-pop was during that last burst of pre-internet indie activity. Touching on time-honored themes friendship and love (lost and found), they resonate with honesty and purity of intention. The band reformed in 2010 for the Slumberland Records 20th Anniversary celebrations, with a compilation album being released on Slumberland in 2011. This will be their first ever visit to the UK as part of a trip that includes an appearance at Indietracks Festival.
“Go Sailor do nothing but deliver on the jangling four-chord structures and indie pop hooks their fans have come to expect” (Allmusic)
Gold-Bears formed in 2010 when Jeremy Underwood recruited a few friends to play songs he'd stockpiled since the demise of his former band, Plastic Mastery (555 Recordings/Magic Marker Records). The band quickly released a smashing 7" on Magic Marker Records, recalling the immediacy and urgency of Boyracer or The Wedding Present melding with the pop sensibilities of Slumberland contemporaries like Summer Cats and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. This was followed by an album, “Are You Falling In Love?”, an 11-song collection of frenzied crash pop, strummy ballads, and syncopated pop dirges that is one of the most dynamic indie pop records of recent years.
“Gold-Bears favor the dreamy, moody, semi-blurry sounds Yo La Tengo built their reputation on in the early to mid-90s… the results can dazzle.” (Pitchfork)
Pam Berry and Joe Brooker have been making music as the Pines since 2000 when they had their first release on a compilation that came free with an issue of Papercuts magazine. Over the last 10 years their live shows have been rare and eagerly anticipated things. Joe has also played for the Foxgloves, and Pam sang in seminal US indie types Black Tambourine, the Castaway Stones, Belmondo, Glo-Worm, the Shapiros and Veronica Lake.
“Pam Berry is a legend… a mix of Brit-folk spook and indiepop with her voice emerging from a fog of reverb, echoing Felt and Mazzy Star.” (Magnet)