Weekender 2016

6 Feb

We’re less than a week away from this year’s weekender! Here’s your guide to the festivities, with set times and updated info on what’s in and around the venue. Have a gander and start polishing your dancing shoes (especially for the post-Saturday-gig disco!).

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Weekender Guide 2016


Haiku Salut ‘Lamp Show’

31 Aug

We have twice previously put on the spellbinding Haiku Salut but this occasion promises to be even more special as they finally bring their lamp show to Glasgow and the grand surroundings of Sloans Ballroom.

Vintage household lamps surround the band and make up a light orchestra. They are triggered by the music: flashing, fading and flickering along to Haiku Salut’s magical orchestral soundscapes. It’s “like watching electronica come to life”.

Haiku Salut’s 2nd album “Etch and Etch Deep” has just been released on How Does It Feel To Be Loved and has been receiving extensive play on 6music and rave reviews across the board with 4 stars from Uncut, Mojo, NME and The Guardian.

“The ten wordless songs here push on from the folksy beauty of 2013’s debut Tricolore, merging textures and time signatures with melliferous melodies that shift almost imperceptibly; the waltz that emerges during Bleak And Beautiful (All Things) is almost as perfect as the vocal harmonies that embolden Hearts Not Parts’ warm electronic delirium, like early morning sunbeams bursting through the gap between curtains. This is no mere soundtrack, it’s an imaginary world: to dwell there even briefly is a uniquely spiritual experience. ” – The Skinny

Support comes from Chrissy Barnacle and Citizen Bravo.

According to her Facebook page Chrissy is a human and story-teller hailing from the grimey shores of the clyde who writes spiked and honest nylon-stringed folk, about, among other things; hazelnuts, cannibal rats and the impossibility of love.

Chrissy has been a bewitching presence on each of the occasions she has played for us possibly as a result the constant tours she seems to make across the UK with the likes of Martha and Colour Me Wednesday.

Citizen Bravo is the project of Matt Brennan, a Canadian now residing in Glasgow and a former member of Zoey Van Goey.

Matt plays a contraption made of a suitcase, scrap metal, a skateboard and various instruments but none of that masks his ear for a great tune and witty lyrics.

This will be the only Citizen Bravo show of the year and Matt will be playing brand new material from his forthcoming album.

Middle Ones & T-Shirt Weather tour GLASGOW DATE

18 Jul

The Middle Ones and T-shirt Weather are embarking on a whirlwind tour of the UK this August, and we’re happy to be putting them on in Glasgow.

Kids, this one is going to be fun.

The Spook School have been off galavanting in That America, subverting the youth of tomorrow and casually hangin’ out with heroes. No big deal. Now they’re back home and returning to Glad for a Pop!South record 5th show! I love them. You love them. We all love them. (If you haven’t heard them yet, get listening to the links below. You’ll love them.)

The Middle Ones will be playing *just* their 3rd show for us, and their first in our usual home venue, but that doesn’t mean we love them any less. Their gloriously lo-fi rambunctious pop has been released by everyone from themselves to the super-cool Where It’s At Is Where You Are to also-super-cool Discount Horse and they’ve even relsead a split with lo-fi royalty Best Friends Forever.Per Discount Horse:

“The Middle Ones are Anna and Grace. They are best friends. They play indie folk that’s tender, sometimes not so tender and super punk. I dare you to listen to these and not have your heart swell with absolute joy. I dare you.”

Further proof of the formula pop + punk + Durham = awesome, T-shirt Weather are from Durham and play either punky pop or poppy punk. We’re not sure which. Not that this is important, because clearly the fact that it’s fun as hell is all that matters. Already Heard (link in the comments below) called their recent release on Odd Box Records, Flutter Through The Winter, “a 3 minute raw, jangly number that combines the trio’s punk vigour with pop sensibilities.”


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Our first Indietracks-related gig of 2015 is in the books!

18 Jun

We’re really excited to be putting on Bunnygrunt + Eureka California, who are both on Happy, Happy Birthday to Me records. Labelmates Tunabunny were part of our line-up for Pop!South’s first three gigs ever!

BUNNYGRUNT of St. Louis, Missouri first started making great pop music back in 1993 and continue to do so with the release of their album ‘Vol 4’ this Summer. Handily, they cater for all your indiepop, punk rock and powerpop needs at once.

Their labelmates Eureka California hail from Athens, Georgia and create power pop gems. They make a lot of noise for a two-piece and songs with titles such as ‘I Bet That You Like Julian Cope’ and ‘Edith (One Day You’ll Live in a Bunker)’ combine lyrical wit with sublime hooks.

We’ve also got local kids Breakfast Muff supporting. Breakfast MUFF ‘s debut album begins with a 31″ song called Pizza and somehow manages to get better from there. Containing members of our old favourites STROP (aka FROTH) they combine humour with real passion and most importantly some great pop songs.

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Spring into May gigs

8 Apr

On May 2nd we welcome back the wonderful Haiku Salut. Haiku Salut are responsible for one of the finest gigs we ever put on so we couldn’t be happier to welcome them back to The Glad Cafe in May.

Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out in 2013, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, MOJO and many more, and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

Almost two years after their last Scottish show Haiku Salut return with a new album and a set of stunning new songs. Entitled “Etch And Etch Deep”, Haiku Salut’s second album sees the band melt the folk, classical and electronic influences that illuminated their acclaimed debut to create a sound that’s both inventive and inquisitive, at times more boldly pop, at others startlingly impressionistic. If that first record was an accomplished start, then this is the trio making good on that promise, blossoming into something very special indeed.

Support comes from The Colour of Whisky who provide acoustic guitars, banjo, flute, piano and beautiful 4 part vocal harmonies from some of Glasgow’s most accomplished and experienced musicians.

Drawing from country music, classical, blues, gypsy, folk and a bit of flamenco too, they all contribute a little bit of their varying musical histories to create an eclectic blend of melodic storytelling.


The on May 8th, we bring together The Just Joans, The Thyme Machine & How To Swim in the intimate upstairs of McNeil’s bar.

The Just Joans

Everyone’s favourite gloom-pop patter-merchants return for another Pop!South outing. After their excellent acoustic turn at the recent Pop!South Weekender, we’re excited to once again bring you the full-band experience, full of rye observations, sweet harmonies and mischievous lyrics.

The Joans had a number of releases on the sadly departed Wee Pop! Records, where they found a home for their “lyrical ingenuity, beautiful song craft (and) touch of melancholy.”


The Thyme Machine

Getting the inevitable Half Man Half Biscuit comparison out of the early (hey, if you’re Northern and funny and show even a passing interest in football, this is going to happen), The Thyme Machine describe themselves as a “Lo-Fi Surf Indiepop Glam band from Lancaster,” which is pretty accurate and probably better than anything I could come up with. Come see them! I doubt you’ll regret it.


How to Swim

Possibly the longest-running continuously-active independent band in Glasgow, How To Swim have now officially been around for A Long Time. As will happen with bands that have been around for A Long Time, especially bands as imaginative and expansive as this one, How To Swim have also been through many, many musicians. Now slimmed down from a brass-swelled 11-piece to a much more manageable 6-piece, thankfully what they have lost in members is more than made up for in intensity. Previous Pop!South appearances show How To Swim in the Niagarama era are sounding as fresh, focussed and fun as ever.

You can hear and buy Niagarama here: http://howtoswim.bandcamp.com/album/niagarama


At the end of the month, on May 29th, we are back at McNeil’s with Model Village + Bodyheat + Kate Canaveral.

model village are a folksy pop band from London and Cambridge who utterly charmed at their last Glasgow performance.
Their new EP “Burger Party” tips a musical hat to everyone from the Housemartins to Make-Up, Tracy Chapman, and The Band, which is exactly what you’d expect of a band who quest to unite all forms of pop music.

Bodyheat come from the finest tradition of Glaswegian jangle pop with comparisons made to the likes of Teenage Fanclub, The Lemonheads and Orange Juice. Recent support slots for the likes of The Orchids and TeenCanteen has done much to increase the anticipation for their very long awaited debut release.

Kate Canaveral is 1/4 of the mighty Kid Canaveral where you’ll often hear her vocal and guitar talents to the fore on some of their finest tracks. Cut loose, you should expect songs you know, some you don’t and much to enjoy.


Weekender wrap-up.

5 Mar

Thank you to everyone who came, performed, worked at and helped-out at the Pop!South weekender!

We were chuffed to be the Skinny’s gig of the week and the month! We were even featured of local telly!


The weekend went incredibly well and we got great feedback.

Duglas T. Stewart wrote a bit aboutNo More Tiger‘, The Felt Tips wondered why all these amazing bands aren’t more famous, and February Records wrote a ‘not a pop-fest preview‘.

We want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who contributed in every way. We had a magical time and we hope you did to. If you didn’t make it, we’re planning on doing it all again next year.

We’re also lining up some more gigs for you in the coming months, so stay tuned!

Ten days away!

4 Feb

As the time is drawing near for our latest and greatest indie-pop-fest, we thought we’d give you this year’s guide to the festivities.

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Weekender Guide

Hope to see you there!