Archive | June, 2014

Pop!South turns 1!

4 Jun

It’s Pop!South’s first birthday! To celebrate one whole year of bringing the best in indiepop to the Southside, we have two July shows lined up at The Glad Café.

Like our first batch of shows in July 2013, they feature bands from both near and far booked to play the incomparable Indietracks festival.

For the pre-Indietracks gig, we have the first date on The Very Most and Yakuri Cable’s UK tour with more than ample support from the mighty tunesmith, Duglas T Stewart & jangly pop-stars Bodyheat. (Event page: facebook.com/events/310285059130641/ )

The Very Most – Led by Jeremy Jensen, The Very Most have been producing a series of EPs and albums of glorious, melodic indiepop to increasing acclaim since 2002. Influenced by the likes of The Beach Boys and Jonathan Richman, their most recent EP, ‘Things Too Obvious To Sing’ was released earlier this year by Sheffield’s My Little Owl records.

Joined on this tour by musicians from Scotland, England and Spain to help flesh out the band’s intricate and beautiful melodies, The Very Most will end their UK jaunt with a slot at the Indietracks festival.

Duglas T. Stewart – Having led The BMX Bandits since their formation in 1985, Duglas has been responsible for some of the finest pop songs Scotland has ever produced as well as inspiring a huge number of other musicians. Their last album ‘BMX Bandits In Space’ easily kept up this quality and was one of the best records of 2012. A reassuringly constant presence on the Glasgow music scene it is always a pleasure to see Duglas perform.

Yakuri Cable – Formed in Glasgow in 2012, Yakuri Cable released their first EP, ‘Beginnings’, the following year. With melodies to the fore they produce “charming indiepop” and “stadium anthems made for back bedrooms”. They are about to return to the studio to record their second EP and are looking forward to joining The Very Most on their first UK tour.

Bodyheat – Calling themselves “a pop music band for pop music fans”, Bodyheat’s music is pitched somewhere between Springsteen and The Lemonheads. They have finally begun venturing into the studio and making more frequent appearances on the live circuit. A welcome development!

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For the Post-Indietracks gig, on July 29th, we’re lucky enough to have gotten hold of ”makers of dazzling, sun-streaked guitar pop” Tuff Love just before they get massive. And they will get massive. (Event page: facebook.com/events/592809724166237/)

The Spook School aren’t ”makers of dazzling, sun-streaked guitar pop” but they are purveyors of sweet harmonies, monster hooks and some of the best banter you’ll ever hear from a drummer.

How To Swim have been around for a long time and made lots of different kinds of noises. Loud noises. Quiet noises. Always good noises, though. New album Niagarama is earning excellent reviews from everyone from Is This Music? and Ravechild to the Daily Express. We think that’s a good thing.

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