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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.
The sextet from Sheffield are a handsome bunch, and we’ve missed them… It’s been a while since their debut EP ‘And the Kookaburra’ graced your fine ears way back in February… But true to deliciously melodic form, they’re releasing Restless Hearts and Silent Pioneers… A seasonally twisted EP masterpiece that features four new tracks, one of which is a cover of ‘As Dew in Aprille’ – a traditional favourite written back when Nick from Stagecoach was still a wee lad (1700s I think).
The latter has already been lauded by the NME who said of it: “The wise man’s tale goes that only a very brave group of musical minstrels take on a historical tune like this and sing it in their own, quirky, indie style. But somehow, it works.” – the opening track can be seen via a delicious video below. You can purchase from the shop from tomorrow for just 4 shimmering English coins which, I mused as I took a £10 cab ride from somewhere to somewhere else not very far away, is not a bad deal… The artwork (as designed by Ralph @ Gulp!) is something to behold as well, all die-cut snowflakes and wintry wonder!
Yeah – it’s a bit of an old bus theme a happening right now, as Stagecoach continue to go great guns (check out this review on gaydarnation) – and more recent signings, the exquisitely charming Screaming Maldini, have delighted fans up in Sheffield galore by donning a bus – and hammering a Divine Comedy cover. Now it’s not every day you see that. And while I and others of my Oxfordshire kin were sunning ourselves at Truck… It seems something even better was happening the other end of the country. Watch this and I actually challenge you not to love it… Go on, try!
And what’s more, the wonderful Ross and Sophie from MFT were rocking last night – on XFM! Oh yeah… With the very majestic Marsha (handsome of face, you know her) – they rocked out a couple of divine acoustic versions of songs from the upcoming album ‘Territories’, and had a quick chat with the first lady of indie.
To listen, swing by the XFM website and have yourself a butchers… Tonight Tom Jones has to follow up – apparently he’s worried that he’s lost his ‘handsome lothario’ tag to Ross… He’s bloody right he has!
There aint no party like an A PoP party. This much is true. So if Latitude is too far away, Guilfest aint your thing and you reckon that sitting inside whilst the sun shines is for nerds. Baby – I need say just one word. Alcopopalooza!
Brixton Windmill this Saturday is therefore very much the place to be for delicious action then – with 13 bands to entertain you inside and outside all day, a free BBQ to tempt even the choosiest of tastebuds – we’ll also be celebrating the launch of the Stagecoach Crash My Ride EP (19th), and Attika State’s Celebration T-Shirt single (26th) Oh – and Jack PoP and Kev BSM’s birthday too (Jack will be 23, and Kev 34 (presents are optional ).
Tickets remarkably are just six (count em) pounds in advance, and given that you’ll be seeing the likes of Stagecoach, Tall Ships, The Attika State, Screaming Maldini, Tangled Hair, Stairs to Korea and many more – well the value’s there to see.
You can get full deets over at the facebook group, book slightly cheaper tickets in advance at where else but wegottickets – or sod the internet and just rock up on Saturday for SO much ace music, free meat and booze until you drop. Winner! The 405 agree see, rating it gig of the week. Good shout boys!
Screaming Maldini are like buses, always coming in threes (this post sounds like it’s about to get rude, but I promise it isn’t)… And it’s way good news for all concerned as yesterday, today and tomorrow the good boys and girls of Sheffield’s finest prog pop act are releasing fresh new summer hits – at 11pm on the dot via their facebook page. Awesome!
And what do you have to do for these fresh-picked hits, plucked from the most melodic fruit-bush in the orchard. Nothing/ nada/ nil… Yup, just head over to the facebook page and have yourself a listen. Brilliant!
Oh and it really kills! You must watch this – prrrretty much immediately. Straight from the magnificent ‘Kookaburra Sings’ EP, released strongly on Alcopop a while back. Aren’t Maldini hot!
Jesus its been busy of late! And with two releases (hard work releases at that – but they do look so lovely), the Alcopop Hometown Heroes tour, an Old Blue Last showcase, the BSM 5-a-side tournament AND the NBA Jam Off at Pure Groove tomorrow… I’m surprised I’m still standing. But standing I am – and thanks so much for everyone’s support of late buying releases, sending nice emails and tweets and coming to shows et al.
It’s so nice that people are digging what we’re doing – you simply own!
This is basically just a quick one to report a few of the shenanigans that took place over the weekend (leaving out, of course, the bit where I fell asleep on a Northampton pavement) but elucidating on an incredible team performance in the 5 a side football (we beat Front Magazine 7-0, yup) and incredible Hometown Heroes performances.
It was delicious having almost the whole roster hang out in an obscure beer garden in Northampton, and amongst George Elephant’s role as Alcopop manager (including full, sweltering suit in the hot, hot sun), Luka Coach’s frankly hilarious impression of John Coach’s footballing abilities, and the insistence of a garage man to sell My First Tooth condoms when all they really wanted was Amber Leaf (I guess they are a hot band) – much fun was had. “I might go and have a posh wank” was G-Unit’s measured take on the situation…
The bands meanwhile were awesome, a proper stage invasion at the end of the Stagecoach Dorking set saw various Maldinites, Gammers, Owen and I finishing the set as the Coach back up band, and street/pub garden/outside toilet karaoke sessions of classic Saves The Day songs became the norm. We’ll probably be doing it again soon enough; maybe hitting up some proper party cities this time (no offence Dorking).
Anyway – here’s a photo that’s pretty rad… Albeit Jo MFT has a pint for a head, and Luka Coach is probably smoking. See you soon y’all:
(Of the Alcopopular series) “The coolest compilation ever” – The NME
I know there’s a few of you who dig the previous Alcopopular compilations… (3” CD/ Tape/ Message in a bottle) and it’s finally time for number 4. And this one’s a right little peach! The world’s fully personalised compilation…
First it was a 3”CD, then a tape – followed up with a treasure map in a bottle… Now it’s dinner time.. Yup! Featuring delicious tracks from the likes of Liam Frost, Stagecoach, Freelance Whales, The Xcerts, Jose Vanders and many more.. This physical menu (all prettily Alcopop made) will be sent out with your personalised CD compilation
Or you can have all you can eat and have every track! Yummy…
Full tracklisting here…
STARTERS (Pick 2)
1. Liam Frost – Skylark Avenue
2. Klaus – Under The Sheets (Ellie Goulding cover)
3. Jose Vanders – These Times
4. Lucy Day - A Fire in the Sea
MAIN COURSE – Pick 5
5. Kevin Devine – All of Everything, Erased
6. Tom Williams & The Boat – My Will
7. Perms – Give Me All Your Lovin’
8. Person L – Pleasure Is All Mine
9. SuperFantastics – As the Lights Go Down
10. Spring Offensive – A Let Down
11. Heathers - Remember When
12. Freelance Whales – Generator Second Floor
13. Ute – Brother
14. Spectres – Spider and Fly
15. The Xcerts – Home vs Home (Blueskies Remix)
DESSERTS – Pick 3
16. Muchuu – Their World
17. Talons – Manatee
18. Mimas – Mac, Get your Gear
19. Hiawata! – Lightning of the Sun
HOUSE WINE – Pick 4
20. The Candle Thieves – The Sunshine Song (live acoustic at G&Ds ice cream parlour)
21. My First Tooth – June July
22. Aspen Sails – Comfort
23. Stagecoach - Headbangers Ball
24. Elephants – Alexander
25. Screaming Maldini – Monkey See Badger Do
26. A Mystery Beverage… Alcopop’s new signing! (as yet unveiled)
One of our goals of 2009, and 2010 indeed, was to make Alcopop a close-knit family – and with it, adopt a hearty collection of bands who love each other, creative types who help us out – and a group of exceptional folk (aka you) who knew that when they bought a record, came to a show or got involved with Alcopop in any way that not only did we appreciate it massively, but that we were all pushing in the same direction. Team PoP as it were…!
And with this, we hoped would come inter-band harmony, acts who dug playing with each other, grew handsomely together – and generally had an ace time. So it’s with great delight that I can announce the Hometown Heroes Tour, an idea incepted in my back garden with the good chaps of Stagecoach at the beginning of 2010… And now coming to fruition, where 4 vessels launched from the good ship PoP all tour together over what is likely to be a weekend of sold out shows, ripping apart rampant home towns.
The handsome bunch involve: Screaming Maldini, My First Tooth, Stagecoach and Elephants, with venues (as it sounds) in home towns – Folkestone, Dorking, Northampton and Sheffield… And believe me, this tour is going to be rad! The Poster below [designed by Owen ‘Phants lovely girlfriend) explains it all, so see you at a show yeah?
But it’s not just us you know, and in the past few weeks there has been all sorts of love from all sorts of places for the boys and girls from Sheffield. And in a blog post (or two), I’m going to attempt to sum up just some of the kind words uttered by glorious people from super places.
The ace Folly of Youth shall start suggesting that “the band manage to confound expectations and continually surprise and delight”, whilst Alter the Press mark the record 4/5 and reckon that “If you are looking for Indie Pop that guarantees a good time and harks back to the golden age of pop, this is definitely for you.” Rock Midgets give the same score asking “Is that Hugh Hefner? Screaming Maldini’s are the house band? Awesome, someone get me a martini!”
Elsewhere (on Tumblr) Music Fans Mic mark the record 9.1 out of 10 and say “Good things lie ahead for Screaming Maldini, make no mistake”, and Clicky Clicky reckon the EP is “mind-bogglingly good”. This is Fake DIY agree suggesting “This eccentric cacophony is entirely over the top but like the youthful exuberance that radiates from these three students, it’s contagious.”
I think my very favourite quote of all though comes from the lovely Matt of Heckler Spray who sums it up for me… Perfectly! “Honestly, if we could pick a band to soundtrack our dreams where we float through the clouds and eat pieces of rainbow, it would be them.” Got it in 27 words!