Posts Tagged ‘Alpines’
South London based Alpines are the new-ish project of former solo artist Catherine Pockson, and Bob Matthews, previously of indie bands such as Right Turn Left and Blue Screen Life (RIP). As far as we can see, the duo started making dark and mysterious electro-pop some time earlier this year, and judging by the demos currently available online, the results are nothing less than impressive.
Intentional or not, their sound is remarkably ‘current’, and should have no problem sitting in the Hype Machine charts or being pigeon-holed alongside the likes of Mercury Prize victors The xx, Zola Jesus and La Roux. Musically, the tracks are spacious and are based around Pockson’s arresting vocals, which are as head turning as the first time we hear Florence & The Machine’s ‘Kiss With A Fist’ or La Roux’s ‘Quicksand’. Most importantly, the songs have hooks sturdy enough to be timeless, and should keep punters interested after the spotlight moves elsewhere and it’s decided by the taste-makers that we should all be listening to something else completely.
It’s perhaps unsurprising then that Alpines have very recently signed a major deal with Polydor, which should mean we’ll be seeing plenty more of them in 2011. Indeed, we don’t imagine it’ll be long before they’re adorning billboards on your local A road, as well as life size posters at busy Tube stations. Before all that though, you can get ahead of the game and download ‘Survival’ for free from their Bandcamp page.
On Friday 17 September, Laissez Faire Club is returning to the “gloriously lowdown, coolfuck venue” (Time Out) The Windmill in Brixton, South London, where it all started almost four years ago when we put on our first ever live night featuring New York’s Five O’Clock Heroes.
Let’s Buy Happiness, one of the hottest bands in the North East and winners of the Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition (previous victors have included The Subways, Golden Silvers and We Have Band) earlier this year, are travelling to London to play their first ever show in the capital. This is something we’ve been trying to arrange with them for some months, so we’re pretty chuffed to finally get a date in the diary.
Support comes from brand new “night pop” duo Alpines (the new project of former LFC stars Catherine Pockson and Bob Matthews), Vancouver BC’s wondrous Yukon Blonde (over in the UK for the first time ever) and new London band Pushing Hands, who we’ve already shouted about in a previous blog post. I know we probably say this every time we put a show on, but this really is the best lineup we’ve ever strung together. Honest.
Please let us know if you’re coming by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event here. Tickets are a mere £4 in advance (It’ll be £5 day of show) and can be booked via WeGotTickets. We advise buying now as this is set to be a pretty lively evening, and we want you to get in and see all the bands!
In the run up to the gig, the headliners are giving away (in exchange for an Email address) a track called Devil Show, which featured on their superb Not Hot Ashes EP, which came out in November last year. Click below to listen to and download the song.