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OH YO Denmark…. We’re a coming for you. See, in our romps around the UK to check out some of the greatest bands this fine nation is producing, we just occasionally take a peak abroad – and check out some wonder sounds from the continent.
And so, after spending much of the week at SXSW hanging with some awesome folk from the Danish music scene, we’ve decided to take the plunge and hook up with the good chaps at Kanel Records to bring you Glow Kit -”Based in Denmark and featuring members of Cola Freaks, Bliglad and Snow Kite, these guys are beyond rad, blasting thru a mix of Power Pop and Garage Punk with a touch of psych guitars that will have the more surf-keen of you dancing from pillar to post.
They’ll be popping over for a few shows in May (most notably at our TBA Great Escape/Alternative Great Ecape –not sure which yet- showcase) and are well worthy of your time chaps. The new album will be coming in May time on heart-achingly cool glo-in-the-dark sleeve (well why not right) and I think you might just get real excited by these chaps.
Check out this hit and see what you think, yo…. It’s just so WAVVEs meets Futureheads meets FUCKING AWESOME! Hope you like sweet poppers.
new owners, new festival – Oxford’s finest – and we’re in the barn! You coming?
Oh dear Poppers – I’m always asking things of you, but this one should be pretty fun. Basically we’re putting together a really rather splendid concept for our new compilation ‘Alcopopular 5′ (provisionally entitled The HitHikers Guide to the Galaxy) but we need some help from people who live in the following places (or vaguely nearby)… Can you help?
Basically, we’ve got songs from all these places on the compilation, but we want some form of creation from someone who has a connection there (live, go out, spent a big proportion of your life nearby) to be on the compilation and add even more depth to the sense and story of each location. (whether it be a photo, podcast, video, whatever). It’s all a bit vague, but I promise you it will be AWESOME when its all finished and out in May time – so if you could help we’d really appreciate it.
Just drop us a line at email@example.com and lets have a chat.
We’re getting excited…
Wow – so this has all come round rather quickly, but it feels like a good time to announce. Ladies and Gentleman, may I present to you Gunning for Tamar’s first ever Alcopop! Release… The Time Trophies EP! Yes it’s packed with 5 fantastic songs, 2 of which are remixes by the epic maybeshewill and Jr JoFo, but what’s more – it’s truly one for the fans of alternative formats… Cos this baby comes on a gorgeous looking, tangerine, silver faced wristwatch… I’m sure you will have heard this by now, but to experience a bit of the tumultuous, rock drive, tender melody meets smash anthems of Tamar – try Chocolate Hooves below the pic…
Keeping real good time (I’ve been wearing one since Christmas), each watch comes with a QR/download code on the back of the timepiece to download the full EP (320kpbs), and in honour of the title track can be worn as your very own ‘Time Trophy’. Or you can buy it in a +CD format for an extra £1 (no fancy packaging on the CD though), or with a gig ticket to GFT’s launch show in Oxford with Jumping Ships on March 24th for a tenner. Strictly limited, we only have 300 of these bad boys up for sale, for the reasonably reasonable price of £7…. Pah, enough talking from me… You probably just want to see the things right…? Done! Ohhhhh yes!
Oh, and ought to say – if you’re one of the chaps who have already bought the Freeze the Atlantic CDs this week and fancy this, please don’t pay postage again. Just set P&P to an MP3 and we’ll send them out together
Exactly what it says on the tin. Two of our lovely lots of champs are out on tour together. And while Gunning for Tamar have been touted as one of the bands set to slay 2012 by Rocksound who brandished there new track ‘a phenomenal statement of intent from a very promising band’… Jumping Ships were featured across the board at the tail end of last year, Katie at Kerrang calling them ‘An addictive blend of danceable, jangly rock songs topped with British punk attitude’, whilst Rocksound suggested ‘Standard Bearer is a launching platform for these guys to do some serious commercial damage’….
Ahhhh no more talk, lets just you and me decide which of these shows we’re gonna go to – and rock the f**k out! In?
Ah man. The Christmas break. And not soon enough. It’s been a quite frankly brutal last couple of months – but incredible all the same = and amongst amazing releases from Johnny Foreigner, Katie Malco, My First Tooth and The Social Club, a number of key shows, more mail orders that we’ve ever dreamed of and relentless fesive partying (it’s a hard life)… We’ve had a great time. And I think it’s fair to say that Alcopop! is in the best shape it’s ever been…
I won’t go into it in a big way. After all this is Christmas and you should probably be dipping into some serious litres of Bucks Fizz rather than reading this, but it’s all looking grand, 2012 is liable to be perhaps the best year yet(!) and it’s all down to you guys and the support you give us, so thanks SO much.
As a little thank you we’re not only running an ad in Januarys RockSound that features a good number of your handsome faces, but we’ll also be running a few little bits and bobs in early January to say thanks. Kinda wanted to do an advent calendar but everyone was working on those, so we thought we go for something to combat the Christmas blues. So look out for HAPPY NEW YEAH!!! coming in January…
In the meantime, as we say – thanks so much for sticking by Alcopop! Without you we’re nothing… Have an amazing Christmas, and just in case you missed it – here’s our free download compilation we released via the Banquet Advent Calendar to have a listen to what’s coming up in 2012…
Much love – and moreover.. Have an AMAZING Christmas
Lv Jack PoP, Mean Kev and Alcokitten!
“There are some pretty famous bands from Oxford, right? This quartet look set to join that list of alumni”- Rock Sound
Although the winds are cold and everyone is slapping on the scarves for Christmas, Alcopop! have been busy in the transfer window, and are pleased to announce the signing of Oxford heart-throbs Gunning For Tamar – along with a fresh new track ‘Chocolate Hooves’ for download pretty chaps!
GFT (Joe Wallis (lead vox/guitar), Dan Pollard (guitar/keyboards/vox), D’Arcy King (drums) and Ben Green (bass) come fresh from a stint with exceptional brothers in arms ‘Walnut Tree Records’, with sold out EP in tow – and a host of folk starting to get a little frothy around the tonsils about this lot.
Already confirmed as ones to watch in Rocksound 2012, and packed with fresh new EP, UK tour with Jumping Ships and European tours in the planning for 2012, it’s all been strong sailing thus far. With recent hits playlisted on Scuzz TV and NME TV, as well as being added to NME.com, they’ve been featured on XFM & BBC 6 Music, Canadian & New Zealand radio and have performed a BBC Introducing session. The band previously picked up the Breakthrough Track Of The Week through NME for “The Organs…”, their first single.
Two full summer tours & a successful first tour away from home soil in Germany, as well as supporting bands such as Tellison, Maybeshewill, Ungdomskulen & Sound of Guns signals a busy, great year already for this young band. They also played a packed out BBC Introducing night in the Oxford Academy back in May & a host of festivals including Truck Festival, Ley Lines Festival & Guilfest last year.
Let’s go (once more) Oxford! For any more info, do get in touch!