new music mondays: this many boyfriends;

This Many Boyfriends are sorta like the English Kid Canaveral. Trite? Maybe. But hey, the two bands have played enough shows together by now for me to say they have brought it on themselves. Which is to say: they have the gift for the perfect indiepop melody. We heard it on single “Starling” (the one which came as a fanzine) and you’ll hear it on subsequent single “Number One”, too.

They’re also pretty hefty twee. The fanzine single probably gave that one away, but take a look at those song titles: “That’s What Diaries Are For”? “I Don’t Like You (‘Cos You Don’t Like The Pastels)”? On the latter, Richard even forgave the titular “you” a dislike of Springsteen. It’s like a companion piece to their Scottish pals’ “Smash Hits”, I suppose.

They’ve got some live dates coming up this week and beyond, none of which are near me but I’ll stick them in here anyway because they might be near you.

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11/10 LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club
12/10 NEWCASTLE, Dog and Parrot
13/10 MANCHESTER, The Roadhouse
14/10 SHEFFIELD, The Harley
16/10 LEICESTER, The Firebug
17/10 LONDON, The Lexington
20/10 CARDIFF, SWN Festival
21/10 YORK, Stereo

ALSO THIS WEEK: Eh, mind what I was saying about all the good stuff coming out at once? Well, sometime New Pornographer AC Newman has a new one out, as do Lavender Diamond, but I haven’t heard either of them yet so I can’t really comment.

GIGS OF THE WEEK: Is it rude to say “Americana” if the band is in fact Canadian? That may well be one of the questions I ask The Wooden Sky if I get some interview time with them ahead of their show at Glasgow’s 13th Note on Wednesday, 10th. Evening Hymns, James Foley and Bell and the Meadows are also on the bill. It’s pay-on-the-door, as far as I can tell.

And longtime LYG favourite Beerjacket will be playing what I believe is his first-ever over-14s show, when he opens for Rachel Sermanni alongside Michael Cassidy at The Arches, Glasgow on Friday, 12th. Tickets are £6 in advance.