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Spook School, The - Binary
Spook School, The
7" | 2016 | UK | Original (Fortuna POP)
7,99 €*
Release:2016 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited Edition of 500 on Yellow Submarine vinyl. “Binary” is the new single from DIY-punk-pop quartet The Spook School, takenTry To Be Hopeful. A triumphant queer pop song, exploring gender and identity, "Binary" bursts with noisy energy and a maddeningly catchy tune that you just want to sing over and over, blending together influences ranging from Buzzcocks, to T-Rex and the noisier end of C86. The Spook School are Anna Cory (bass and vocals), Adam Todd (guitar and vocals), Nye Todd (guitar and vocals) and Niall McCamley (drums). Since forming in 2012 they've become increasingly involved with the DIY queer punk scene, taking inspiration from the passionate, like-minded people they've met along the way, and from bands such as Martha, Joanna Gruesome, Trust Fund and Tuff Love. The original recording of the track didn't quite match the excitement of their live show, so the band headed back into the studio to record a new version, the one you hear now, which also served to demonstrate the change in Nye's voice during the making of the record. As Nye undertook his own personal journey by embracing his trans identity and starting testosterone therapy his voice had become considerably lower! As he explains: “It was a bit nerve-wracking and frustrating to not be able to sing things that I'd been able to sing easily before, but it sounds pretty great!” The song itself about about questioning gender norms, something that singer and guitarist Nye Todd's experience of coming out as being trans has forced him to think about. As he explains, “I could never understand gender when trying to think about it as a choice between ‘men' and ‘women'. What was it that separates those two types of people? When I discovered the idea of gender as something a lot messier and more nuanced than two categories, something that could be defined according to how people actually wanted to identify and place themselves, things made a lot more sense. I'm so proud and fortunate to know quite a few amazing people who openly identify as non-binary, genderqueer or other non-binary identities.” Celebrating life beyond the false choice between “bowties or high heels”, this song has quickly become a live favourite, prompting massed choruses of the “I am bigger than a hexadecimal” line. Try To Be Hopeful follows The Spook School's critically acclaimed debut album Dress Up (2013), which received plaudits from the Guardian, Uncut and Loud and Quiet. The Spook School have since seen their music used on TV, having recorded the theme tune for BBC Three series “Badults” (Adam, Anna & Niall all have sidelines in the world of comedy), and have also toured the US, where they became the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary and met Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! Try To Be Hopeful is the sound of a band growing up, embracing their identities, and taking charge at the world.
Simon Love - It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
Simon Love
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time
LP | 2015 | UK | Original (Fortuna POP)
19,99 €*
Release:2015 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
The debut solo album from Simon Love, formerly of John Peel & Marc Riley favourites The Loves, is a sweary and irreverent tour de force, full of catchy hooks and offbeat lunacy. Taking its inspiration from maverick Seventies singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson & The Lovin' Spoonful, the album features guest appearances by comedian Stewart Lee and 60s pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko, while indiepop ensemble for hire A Little Orchestra contribute lush strings and Rob Jones of The Voluntary Butler Scheme provides brass. Described recently by the Guardian as being “more early Kinks than the early Kinks”, Simon formed The Loves in Cardiff in 2000. After releasing their debut single on Radio One DJ Huw Stephens' Boobytrap Singles Club their second album Technicolor was made Album Of The Week in The Sunday Times. The band went on to play 4 Peel Sessions and as many for Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music before calling it a day in 2011. Full of giant pop songs and peppered with bitter love stories about bad relationships, It Seemed like A Good Idea At The Time opens with the expletive-heavy “**** (Is A Dirty Word)” before moving on to jubilant lead single “The New Adam and Eve”, in which Simon threatens to “punch a man in the face, with fists made out of jellyfish” before going on to “deny him any of my piss”. There's a Paul McCartney cover version (“Dear Boy”) a song about the voluntary removal of Simon's penis (“My Dick”) and a song about people who fuck you around (“Motherfuckers”), before side one closes with the 5 minute long psychedelic wig-out that is “Wowie Zowie”. Side 2 opens with the gorgeous, string-laden “Sweetheart, You Should Probably Go To Sleep” and the mid-paced 60s pop of “Don't Get The Gurl No More” before Simon and band pull out their best Booker T groove for “The Meaning Of Love”, featuring comedian Stewart Lee reciting the definition of love straight from Wikipedia. This is followed by what in the late 70s would be called a rocker, “You Kiss Your Mother With That Mouth?”, resplendent with sax solo, before the song most likely to lead to litigation, the epic “Elton John”, written from the perspective of Elton John's ex-wife Renate. The album closes with the title track “It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time”, with the album credits read out over the outro by 60s pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko. Love's debut solo album is daring, unique, and definitely a good idea.
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September Girls - Veneer
September Girls
12" | 2014 | UK | Original (Fortuna POP)
12,99 €*
Release:2014 / UK – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
September Girls return with a brand new four track EP entitled Veneer, recorded deep underground in Guerilla Studios, Dublin. Whilst still retaining their signature drenched feedback sound the tracks have a greater depth and polish than the album recordings. Each of the four tracks is written and sung by a different member of the band. The perfect way to round off September Girls' incredible year, the Veneer EP builds on the foundations of Cursing The Sea to offer a tantalising glimpse into the band's future as purveyors of the finest dark-hearted pop in town.
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