Tuesday, 24 June 2008

In the Middle of our Street…

See what I’ve done there (see the last blog post title for hilarious prank) – It’s Jack here, of Alcopop infamy, popping by, while the big man is battling Vikings on the Nordic coast to save us all from rape and pillage, to lay down a quick guest blog, to let you all know what’s going down in Alcopop towers.

Far from sifting through the crap bringing you MySpace fruit of the week (an admittedly genius feature), we’re having to content ourselves with the pop/alt/rock cream instead, and have a whole host of exciting releases a-coming over the summer.

Remember Sam Isaac, who released a gorgeous 2 track single on BSM/Alcopop back in December and had Jo Whiley vigorously doing diabolical things to herself under her mixing desk? Well, he’s taking a little time out of his hectic summer touring schedule to come back with a 5 track EP ‘Sticker Star and Tape’ in August – which has excited us all lots.

Plus we are very proud to announce that Brighton rockers This City, fresh from a tour with Rival Schools, have agreed to release their next limited edition single with us. Complete with a quite frankly awesome video (coming soon), and fresh from releases with Fierce Panda and Smalltown Records, we’re seriously stoked about this one too.

“Enough enough” I hear you cry – “we’re going to run out of cash!” – well save another few quid, because not only do we have the debut single from Wakefield pop-stars Pavilion, but also an awesome EP from Portsmouth’s hottest property since the HMS Victory, Cut the Blue Wire. With the latter currently stacking up summer tours and busting up veues like there’s no tomorrow – the boys have been described as “Sentiments of At The Drive-In, the soul of Enter Shikari and the twister ambience of Bloc Party" by The Fly. Throw a little Glassjaw in and you’re pretty much there. Oh and their video for digital only single Everest features wrestling semi-naked girls… Get over to the MySpace now!

Pavilion meanwhile recorded their single in Edwyn Collins’ studio, only to have it produced by Ryan Jarman of the Cribs – and after tours with Glasvegas, The Hoosiers and those aforementioned Cribs lads – things are looking good. Imagine Mull Historical society at their very best, awash with harmony and melody galore.

What’s more, we have various free downloads coming up over the summer, an awesome sampler (with a very dubious lobster themed cover) ‘AQA does not much care for Alcopop, Pimms is delicious’ out almost immediately. It’ll be available for 1 week’s free download, or ltd edition release CD (with loads of extra bonus tracks). Also, there will be brutal T-Shirts featuring new mascot Alcocroc, and a big gig happening in July (to be announced in but days… shhhhh).

So, there we have it! Keep an eye out on the POP blog for all the latest, and ta for reading! Here’s to BSM – and let’s hope Kev remembered his axe. In honour of him, here’s a picture of a man wearing a hat made solely of meat.


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