A few months back, a couple of mates who are in the wonderful new indie-pop band Yakuri Cable sent out an email to eight friends asking if they’d like to promote gigs in the South Side of Glasgow with them. Of course, we all said yes! Many of the folk who now make up Pop!South have promoted gigs around Glasgow many times before, while others are total newcomers. But all of us could get behind Chris Gillies’ desire to put on more shows in the area we all live in and love.
It seems it’s something a lot of folk can get behind too, as we’ve been really appreciative of all the support we’ve received so far. We’re really exited and feel lucky to be putting on some incredible bands. We’re hoping to continue the work of former beloved Glasgow promoters Half My Heart Beats, one of whom is our east coast Pop!South representative.
There’s nothing like starting with a bang, so we’ve scheduled our first three gigs to take place over less than two weeks, showcasing ten bands and book-ending the Indietracks festival in Derbyshire.
It’s also the first gig for the aforementioned Yakuri Cable. Bloodbuzzed called them “charming indiepop, with a slight synth-pop touch presiding their music, the overall feeling couldn’t be more promising”. Download their EP from bandcamp, listen to their Soundcloud, or watch their first video for “Line of Sight” here. In between those two, we’ve got our first couple of Indietracks imports. Astrid Wiezell decided to fly in from Sweden a little early to play her melodic, acoustic pop under the name Northern Spies, and we were very happy to add her to the line up. Arts & Leisure will have traveled the furthest of all the acts, hailing from sunny Sacramento, CA. You can hear remnants of California dreaming in their buzzy, hook-laden dream-pop. Their album, Mixtape of Us, is available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp for your perusal.
Just a few days later, on Tuesday the 23rd, we have gig #2 and Tunabunny from Athens, GA playing their lo-fi post-punk. The Line of Best Fit called their music “the sort of thing wide-eyed kids fall for with unabashed, undying devotion”, while they call themselves Transcendental Dance Pop. Supporting them is the raucously fun Spook School from Edinburgh, and Woog Riots, a German/Italian duo who play ‘tweelectro’. You’ve got to check out the Spook School’s cover of “Greased Lightening”.
There will also be a reading from The City Is Ablaze, a book about a DIY zine in Manchester and Leeds in the 80s and 90s, by its author Karren A. We’re going to have some zines and indie comics available at the show, and are hopeful that The Spook School will have a few of their “Get Lost” zines left by the time they make it back to Scotland. All the Rage will be DJing between sets too. This gig should be a ton of fun!
Then half our team goes to Indietracks and will hopefully come back rested and relaxed ahead of gig #3, headlined by NYC’s The Ballet. It’s been four years since this infectiously bright pop band played in Glasgow, and now they’ve got a shiny new album, I Blame Society, on Fortuna POP! to promote. Here’s a video for the track “Is Anybody Out There?” from the new album.
Glasgow’s own Felt Tips have only played their hometown slightly more recently, in 2010, and they too have a new album, Symbolic Violence, to promote. Meanwhile, Oslo’s Making Marks have never played Glasgow! An album of their exquisite pop songs will be out on Fika Recordings later in the year. MTV called them “upbeat, lovely soulful indie pop. Think Belle & Sebastian sprinkled with Motown, jazz, and far more instruments, including the banjo, classical strings, brass and the glockenspiel”. We here at Pop!South do love a good bit of glockenspiel.
After all that, we’ve got Haiku Salut, with A New International and Ally Kerr on deck in August. Later in the year, Haiku Salut will be doing a stint touring in support of Scottish folk darlings Lau. Then legendary 80’s indie-poppers The Flatmates will be coming out in October. We’ll have more info on support for that gig as the time draws nearer.
We really hope to see you out at a few of these gigs and that you’re excited as we are to see all these great bands! If you want to know more, check us out on twitter, and like us on Facebook, where we’ll be posting even more about all the bands in the run up to the gigs!
I’ll leave you with this Arts & Leisure video:
P.S. There’s a really great Indietracks compilation on bandcamp, featuring 47 tracks for just £2. The Ballet, Making Marks, Northern Spies, Haiku Salut, Woog Riots and Tunabunny, are on it, along with some other favourites, like the Lovely Eggs. Bargain!