Friday September 28th
The Lodger/My Sad Captains/Arctic Circle/The Bikinis
Blenheim Gardens, Brixton, SW2
Somewhere between The Research and the Wedding Present, you'll find The Lodger, a cool-as-you-like three piece from Leeds whose debut album, "Grown-Ups", is threatening to become this year's word-of-mouth smash. We can't remember the last time so many conversations started with the phrase: "Have you heard this album yet?" Sweet yet sardonic, naive yet accomplished - we're looking forward to finding out what all the fuss is about.
My Sad Captains
The latest signings to Brixton's own Fortuna Pop!, My Sad Captains combine the slacker grunge pop of Pavement with the country cool of the Broken Family Band. Or as Sounds XP described their debut single, "Bad Decisions": "the sound of a perfect summer, all hooks, harmonies and handclaps". Just the thing for late September then!
A seven-piece multi-instrumental pop band from Bristol, Arctic Circle embrace boy/girl vocals and have a box of tricks that includes accordion, clarinet, glockenspiel, effects pedals, pan lids, melodica, analogue electronics and all the rest. At live gigs the stage often resembles a jumble sale, echoing their love of homespun aesthetics and languid afternoons. Glorious stuff.
Slightly noiser and rowdier than regular HDIF fare, but if you can't shake things up every so often what's the point? If you've ever wondered what "Popscene"-era Blur would have sounded like with a Farfisa organ and a barrelload of bratty garage rock charm, then here's your answer. Just the thing to kick off the night in style!
Tickets are onsale here - http://www.wegottickets.com/event/19916
Official Website: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/19916
Added by ianw on September 10, 2007