Big Scary Monsters' sibling label, Alcopop, has been running as a singles label since September 2006 but now, with the first album nigh on the horizon and plenty of exciting happenings happening, Jack, my indie-pop compadre, steps in for a little guest blog entry action:
So – Kev’s asked me to write a guest blog post for the big brother (not in a shit reality TV way mind) label BSM – and so, to illustrate the kind of exceptionally productive work ethic we pride ourselves in at the good ship Alcopop, I thought I’d loosely base this entry around this weeks trip into London to go and see our newest chums, Hush the Many (Heed the Few) down at a lovely intimate show at the Wilmington Arms in Farringdon.
After recently having such a lovely drunken time on the couple of dates we could manage of goFASTER>> recent tour with E’lle Sapelle to promote their limited to 500 7”/free CD single ‘Flammable Leisurewear’ - we decided to start off with mild drinking on the Oxford Tube. Docking into Marble Arch, and after much consultation, we decided that while Cockfosters was definitely the place to begin (for obvious comical reasons), it was a bit far away – so Arsenal would have to do (being as neither of us had been to the hallowed place before).
And how right we were – seemingly filled with more amusing old crones than you could believe, some of whom were eating fish at what seemed a rate of an hour a mouthful, we pissed off an angry barman (by playing Blur’s Country House and stealing his free jukebox credits), got sick eating at the greasiest of spoons whilst drinking Kev’s NYC -guaranteed hangover for at least 2 days- vodka, and finally hooked up with Nima and his entourage hours later –via more free Vodka at a very accommodating Wetherspoons - and still feeling – I quote – “about 2 out of 10”.
But as DiS once said “There are few bands that could pull off such a triumph in a live atmosphere” – and so it was, as Nima and Alex created one of the mot beautiful performances I have seen in a long time. Mixing a divine, tender acoustics whilst at the same time creating an intense, pulsing atmosphere, they enraptured the sold out crowd. It was truly moving, and certainly worth the 3 hour trek home, lost scarf and fence vaulting (gravely dangerous) required on the Pentonville Road.
Then it was back to continue work on promo for the new Family Machine album – Alcopop’s next release set to see the light of the shops on 17th March. Described as “a perfect nugget of sultry musical wonder" by the BBC no less, and “a unique force to be reckoned with... perfectly harmonious, summery indie” by Clickmusic – ‘You are the Family Machine’ is gong to make your summer! Check them out on the last BSM podcast, get along to something very special if you’re based near Oxford (but be quick), and look out for the preorder button appearing on http://www.ilovealcopop.co.uk early next week.
And that’s just about all from me, other than to say – drink, gamble and stay Alcopopular! And I’ll see you at the St. Patricks show on the 17th!