we could be in heaven: the monthly pop!south column;

October is finally here. It’s got to be my favourite month. Autumn is in full swing, the evenings are getting crisp, the trees are showing their colours – and Pop!South has an exciting month up ahead.

First and foremost, we’re super-duper excited to be putting on famed 80’s indie-poppers The Flatmates on October 19th at the Glad Cafe. Releasing five singles over a three year period, with their third, ‘Shimmer’, climbing to number two in the UK Indie Chart, they disbanded before they could ever record a full album. We’ve sold half the tickets to this show already, so it would probably be worth your while to get tickets in advance, so you’re not disappointed on the night. I really hate turning people away. It’s a total bummer. In case you’re not sure, were too young at the time, or just un-hip in the 80’s here’s an introduction, their first single “I Could Be in Heaven”

Supporting The Flatmates are Edinburgh’s own Spook School, who have just released their first LP, Dress Up, on Fortuna Pop. They’ve been getting some good press, from the BEAT to the Guardian, and Clash Music debuted their music video for ‘I’ll Be Honest’.

They’re sure to have plenty of copies hot off the presses, but if you can’t wait that long, they’re having an album launch over on the East coast this Friday at Henry’s Cellar Bar. Martha and Plastic Animals are playing too, so if you’re in Edinburgh, it’d be worth your while to go.

Our Glad Cafe show will also be the first time Bite will be performing under their new name (they were previously known as Powder Blue). While Bite is a fairly new addition to the Glasgow music scene, many of the faces will be familiar from bands such as The Just Joans, Astral Planes and The Belle Hops. Here’s a little taste from their Soundcloud, called “Rub It In”. If it’s any indication of what’s to come, then these newcomers should be sticking around for a while yet.

In friends of Pop!South news, it’s also worth mentioning a gig that’s at the very beginning of November. The Second Hand Marching band are FINALLY releasing their LP, entitled ‘A Hurricane, A Thunderstorm’, in February. It’s only taken five years… They’re giving everyone a teaser by releasing a single called ‘We Will Convince You‘ on November 2nd. There’s going to be a gig at the Glad Cafe on November 9th, and tickets are only £5, and include a physical copy of the single and immediate download. You really can’t go wrong with a deal like that!