Harmonic & Popical Island to join forces at The Workman’s Club on March 18th for The Feast Of St. Pop.
Harmonic & Popical Island will be teaming up on March 18th to celebrate the Feast of St. Pop at the Workman’s Club. From The Americas come The Mantles and Nodzzz, with Land Lovers and Yeh Deadlies representing the home side.
With two acclaimed seven-inches under their belt, The Mantles answer the call for more with a stunning debut LP sure to please all who cross its path. The Mantles have been dead-on in distilling a contemporary pop / psych concoction that mixes equal parts early Chills with early Dream Syndicate—and really, who among us wouldn’t want a bottle of that with which to quietly tipple the day away? Recorded by Greg Ashley, the LP taps said hybrid, and if anything, burrows deeper into the core of rock, extracting essential magma that fuses early SF Ballroom psychedelia, Byrds-ian jangle-pop, and the Velvet Underground’s extraordinary ability for serpentine leads and bridges. And yep, that pretty much covers all the bases.
Nodzzz are an American Band, but don’t let that scare you off. They are the axis where a hyper-literate, intense, questioning East Coast meets a bubblegum, breezy, pop-loving West Coast, but don’t call them the Midwest. Call them, if you must de-ensemble, Anthony Atlas and Sean Paul Presley—the first a native of New Jersey, and the second from San Francisco. They are two bright young men playing guitars and harmonizing, alongside a minimalist but muscular backbeat drummer who provides the third element of the power-trio called Nodzzz.
Land Lovers have notions on being a pop band. They certainly play melodic enough songs with snappy words and some foot-tapping beats. They come from the tail-end of 2008, where they are about to release debut lo-fi homespun album Romance Romance. They have arrived here in 2010 with another, glossier album, Confidants, some way towards completion. They remind some folk of XTC, or Television, or Elvis Costello & the Attractions. One of the things they do is to help out the Popical Island collective with its various undertakings. Apropos of this, they had a song on the much-loved compilation Popical Island #1 last summer and band-member Padraig Cooney wrote The High Line, a Christmas single released recently by the collective. They played at Electric Picnic last year and claim it was “very good”.
Yeh Deadlies are Annie, Padraig, Jonny Fun and Grave Deen. They have released 3 EPs and a 7″ single to date, as well as various tracks to compilations including 2010’s Popical Island #1 and A Hard Old Station: Christmas With The Popical Island Showband. Yeh Deadlies are founding members of the Popical Island collective.
Harmonic & Popical Island present… THE MANTLES NODZZZ LAND LOVERS YEH DEADLIES POPICAL ISLAND DJS The Workman’s Club Friday March 18th, 8pm til late