Posts filed under ‘my first tooth’
So it has been a slow old week on the blog… For this I blame two things. One of which has been a genuine swathe of preparation on several new releases, potential new signings and various other grand PoP business (including getting in more stickers and glostarz to go out with every order)… The second has been the immense BDO darts. An incredible tournament…
However, lets get right back on it with this, an awesome new video from a cracking champ, named Lizzie Campbell – who has put together this charming stop motion film to the ace ‘The Factory’ by My First Tooth. It’s awesome… A gorgeous rollercoaster of a story of failing industry pitched against the saving graces of pure creative minds. I’m a big big fan!
Check it below – and enjoy a little slice of stopmotion magic…
Oh My First Tooth. As beautiful as they are talented, the inescapable 4-piece are not only a hot action rock band these days (well, sort of anyway) but they’re also right at the forefront of the the keep your neck warm this Christmas campaign. A very worthy cause part funded by Sew Fuckin’ What and Alcopop! Records, which has the ultimate goal of encouraging people to keep their necks well sheathed this wintertime.
To that end (and not because lovely Barry from SFW said hey “Poppers, we’ve got to do this for Christmas because it’s THAT ace”) we’ve put together this pretty awesome single – based around a 3 track CD of Sleet and Snow, and a pair (count ‘em) of scarves stitched with those very words – one for you and one for a loved one or friend or pet (and if it’s the latter please take a photo of it ).
By now you know the music is good right, but here’s the even better thing. The Highland News gave the scarves a bang up 4/5 for warmth, and if you can survive the harsh winds of northern climes in them, you can go anywhere!
Waaaaaay. Fresh from their stripped-back jaunt around the country with indie-establishment members Athlete, delighting enraptured audiences from Glasgow to London Union Chapel and everywhere in between, the hotly tipped folk-tinged orchestral troubadors from Northampton (AKA known as Pop’s longest serving peaches), My First Tooth, today announce a headline tour in September.
Dates are as follows: Do come to some of them! All of them? Facebook event here, not to mention pretty little free to download song ‘Twilight Theatre’ after the dates. Should you have not purchased Territories (their wonderful debut album), do yourself a real big favour and buy, buy, buy or stream, stream, stream!
6 – London Old Queens Head
8 – Leicester Soundhouse
13 – York Stereo
14 – Swindon The Vic
15 – Cardiff 10 Feet Tall
16 – Winchester The Railway
17 – Southsea Festival (Alcopop vs BSM stage: Edge of the Wedge)
So tomorrow is the #BSM5aside football tournament, and it’s been a busy summer in the transfer market for Alcopop! Out have been former ever presents Darren Gillick (to moving into a house with his missus – FREE TRANSFER) and treacherous Leigh ‘Nedry out of Jurassic Park’ Shorter (Bag of balls to BSM), whilst former favourite Tom Elephants has retired from the circuit (for now at least). We will miss them all, apart from Leigh, who was last seen chuckling at the foot of a crucifix whilst juggling a bag of silver coins from hand to hand – and stamping on the head of a kitten.
But – while these dears have departed – 5 hardy heros still remain. Paul McManus (skipper), Thom Day (cat like goalkeeper), Matt Emery (champ), Andy Hoatson (the people’s choice) and Jack PoP (me) form the backbone of the squad… With 3 epic new signings. Please welcome
Mike ‘GOALZ’ Wilkinson: A former star of the Swansea University side that saw Jack PoP dominate the intermural leagues – Mike has a problem. He can’t stop scoring goals… Now resident in Blackpool and scourge of the local chicken shops he is a prestigious talent, once having a trial with Hucknall Town – and, PoP fans will be pleased to note, is now fully vaccinated against Tetanus since Wednesday
Michael ‘Cyril’ Williams: Handsome of face, and usually seen gracing the stage with Jumping Ships – Swansea fan Michael (spotting a theme here) is a hot young property in the 5 a side, and we’re proud to have him. Diminutive in stature but big of heart, he should be at peak physical fitness after spending all day yesterday vomiting. No longer a shred of ill health in his body. Winner
Ross ‘Swanny’ K Witt: Famous for his lovely voice and getting into all sorts of vicious scrapes with the general public, Swanny may have a lovely friendly attitude most of the time – but don’t get him angry! Widely vilified in the BSM camp after he shattered head honcho Kev’s arm at End of the Road festival, and well feared in bars across Oxford – Ross is My First Tooth, and now Alcopop FC’s, champion!
Lets go Team POP!!
Isn’t it ironic that the more that happens the less time you have to write about it. I’ve always loved writing this PoP blog but it struck me the other day that so much has happened that I’ve just not updated all you massively handsome readers on! I guess that’s partly due to mixing all the content up between Facebook and Twitter and stuff, but dear reader – I digress.
I was here to tell you about the magnificent My First Tooth, who have been kicking it of late. Literally quicker to list the festivals they aren’t playing rather than the one’s they are – they have also been confirmed for 10 (count em’) support shows on the new Athlete tour, was well as filming this rather marvelous video with the epic Marc Bird – a man of many talents having previously managed Attika State.
So lower the lights, grab yourself a Hooch Lemon and enjoy this little beauty. It contains a swan, lovely tricks of the light and Gareth Stix… What more could you desire!
and those tour dates…
13 Wed MANCHESTER @ Lowry Keys
20 Wed LONDON @ Union Chapel
22 Fri NORTHAMPTON @ The Roadmender
23 Sat BRISTOL @ Thekla
24 Sun OXFORD @ Academy 2
27 Wed NEWCASTLE @ The Cluny
28 Thu PRESTON @ 53 Degrees
29 Fri YORK @ The Duchess
30 Sat GLASGOW @ The Arches
31 Sun BIRMINGHAM @ HMV Institute
Hmmm – so it seems I haven’t even mentioned The Great Escape on this blog yet – which is fairly dumb, as as far as strong moments in Alcopop history go, this one was a fair old cracker to be true! Presumably most of you saw the line up which we were punting all about in the run up to it, and together with the lovely kids at DIY Records – we truly had a rather funtime Alcopop showcase at the Pav Tav. It all started non-official, but by the time the thing came round, we’d been ratcheted onto the bill – with all acts spread liberally across the programme – much to our delight.
From a personal point of view the whole thing was rad. We were 1 in, 1 out from 4.30pm, and by the time midnight was approaching, bouncers became crowd barriers – as various hip kids flung themselves at Stagecoach and The Xcerts – ripping down chandeliers from the ceiling and variously being thrown out, shouted at, sneaking back in and so it went on…. Basically – Team Pop rocked it!
The venue was decimated, we were dancing on floors of shattered pint glasses but noone cared- the likes of Jumping Ships, LightGuides, The Xcerts, Freeze The Atlantic, My First Tooth, Dad Rocks, Stagecoach, The Social Club, Ute and We are the Physics were ripping shit up! Drowned in Sound were pretty damn complimentary, efestivals had a cracker and the 405 simply deemed in glorious. Thanks The 405!
So basically – thanks for coming down, and eternal love to you all for (in the words of Ben Folds) rocking that bitch! Next show kicking will be Alcopopalooza on 9th July at the Windmill, and hopefully that will be just as fun!
So are these handsome brutes! Ignore the melancholia they’ve summoned for this moody press shot, My First Tooth are a terribly lovely bunch – and they’ll be playing strong song after strong song on Sunday at the UK’s most famous festival. Put it in your diary. Just write ‘TOOF + EAVIS’ in big letters on June 26th. You’ll know what it means when you see it in a few months time.
Plus the canny chaps have been all over BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio 2 and Artrocker magazine in the last few weeks. New single Sleet and Snow (out on Monday) is all sold out in the PoP Shop, but you can get it for free, Free, FREE (for real, on CD and everything) over in the very awesome Banquet Records.
Plus – tonight I had a strawberry milkshake with popping candy in it from Atomic Burger in Oxford. It totally reminded me of MFT – kinda lush, and all smooth – but with a whole heap of fizz and a nicely unexpected twist again and again. It was awesome.
I’ll be focussing more on these indivdual releases over the next week or so, but it’s with abnormally HOT pleasure that I’d love to tell all you sweet, charming poppers. THERE’S 3 NEW PRE-ORDERS UP FOR YOUR PERUSAL TODAY! Thinking it might be nice to stick ‘em up together you know, to save postage and stuff – let me introduce them all briefly in no particular order….
Freeze The Atlantic – Waking Up EP
Oh man, this has been a LONG time coming, and by god it’s worth the wait. Personal revered heroes of mine from Reuben and Hundred Reasons have come together with other talented champs, smashed a whole load of finger-dented genius through their instruments and *BANG* – Freeze the Atlantic are born. This EP is glorious, 3 tracks of melodic balls out rock-pop genius – and all complete in its own Colour by Numbers sleeve, complete with wax crayons to literally colour it in by numbers! Stay in the lines though yeah…
My First Tooth – Sleet and Snow EP
A band who epitomise all things Alcopop! They’re our longest-serving, and it’s no surprise – because from the moment I heard Ross’s melodic vocals harmonising over a medley of folk-pop genius and met these tender champs from Northampton, I fell head-over-heels in love. My First Tooth are put simply, wonderful! This, their last single from debut LP Territories is a tour de force… And available to you for free. Seriously, no cost and all physical product. We just need this in your lives!
Johnny Foreigner – Are Cursed Frisbee EP
I’ve been wanting to do this for sometime now, a straw poll on Twitter showed me that Frisbees were way cooler than beach balls, so we’re getting all fun again with JoFo… Birmingham’s absolute finest (fuck yes!) These jet black Frisbees are white printed with ghostie print, 4 Trk CD is attached underneath – and imagine how cool you’ll look on the beach! Remember those bullies you still simmer resentment against cos they kicked over your sandcastle when you were a kid? Well you > them!
All available in the shop now, with a cheeky little deal on all 3 if you should be so inclined. See you in the shop yo? xxx
Good old 7 Digital! Handsome folk galore there no doubt, and they’re really excelling themselves this week with their free download and competition… Cos they’ve got all Alcopop! – and decided to give away our latest compilation (made specially for them) called ‘We’re Always Looking for Something to Hold On to. We’re With Our Friends, They’re the Best Thing We Can Find!’ (10 indie cool points if you get that reference) – and it’s all free to you, and your pals – and your grandfather if he should so desire it.
The tracklisting goes a little something like this… Actually, I lie. It goes exactly like this. Crack on over here to pick it up.
Headbangers Ball by Stagecoach
Who Needs Comment Boxes When You’ve Got Knives by Johnny Foreigner
Silent Spring by My First Tooth
As Dew In Aprille by Screaming Maldini
Sounds of the Stereo by The Attika State
The Whole Truth by Jumping Ships
Bunker by Ute
Plus – for all you coolest kids who already have everything this compilation delivers, there’s a pretty rad competition too where you can win a whole load of PoP stuff. Get involved if you fancy a bumper load of post coming through courtesy of those 7 Digital lot.