Indieterria meets Kevin Fitzgerald of Toura Toura

Dear Readers,

Bookers and promoters are usually working in the shadows, far away from the spotlight that artists enjoy. But they are crucial for the business and many a time they bring a real change to the table. We are very lucky at Indieterria to be able to speak to Kevin Fitzgerald – owner of Toura Toura and a booking agent for some of the best known figures in the industry. Kevin is incredible, detail orientated and he shared so many details from his work with us that we wished the interview never ended.

Toura Toura organizes Q&A (question and answer) sessions with the mighty Joe Talbot of the IDLES and first stop on the tour happens tomorrow in Manchester. So yes, we were more than excited to be able to ask Kevin few questions.

Toura Toura logo

You are a promoter, a manager and a PR. That’s many roles for one person. Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Kevin Fitzgerald: Hello, my name is Kevin. I`m a single Dad of two daughters (8 & 5 years old respectively) from Stoke and I’m the managing director of Toura Toura. My company organises Q&A sessions for people in the music industry.

Your roster includes music mogul Alan McGee, Sleeper front woman – Louise Werner and lead singer for Happy Mondays and The Black Grape – Shaun Ryder. Do you find it challenging to work with such iconic names in the business?

Kevin Fitzgerald: I’m very proud of the roster and pinch myself everyday because of the people that I work with, especially when I have only been in business for a year now. All of those artists have put their faith in someone that they didn’t know and  who had no background in their industry. I mean, to get Alan McGee, the greatest man in music in my eyes, as your first client is just ridiculous.

Alan opened up the door for everyone that I work with now. And you know he is the most down to earth, most easiest and genuine person that I have ever come across in my life.  He does everything he can to help Toura Toura. He’s always introducing me to incredible people on the Q&A circuit – which is why I work with Shaun Ryder.

Everyone is an absolute pleasure to work with. There are no egos and all they want to do is to get the job done. Their work ethic is unbelievable and I have them all on a weekly basis asking me to book more Q&As for them because they are loving going around the country talking and meeting their fans. Shaun Ryder is a great example of that. The last few months of last year he was out 4 or 5 nights in a row because he was doing both The Happy Mondays and An Evening With tour.

I don’t find working with any of the artists challenging in any way at all.

The way I deal with things – which I know is different from most agents out there – is that I actually go to virtually every single Q&A that I organise. It not only surprises the artists I work with but it builds up a relationship with them and also builds up my relationship with the venue owners.

General poster for the Joe Talbot Q&A tour

Toura Toura started out last year. You built a successful company from scratch and in such a short period of time. Can you tell us about the beginnings of the company?

Kevin Fitzgerald: Toura Toura was set up on the back of me coming through quite a tough time in my life.

My second daughter Sophie was still born in 2013 and then I lost my Dad through complications related to dementia on Father’s Day in 2017. I lost my Mum to cancer 6 months later, the day before my birthday at the start of 2018. Within a few months I split up with my wife. So, I had quite a bit of time on my hands which I needed to fill up and this is why I started Toura Toura.

I have been lucky enough to work in the industry of two passions of mine now, football and music.

In football, I have met many people from the sport industry, many players but I have never met anybody from the music world and always wondered how you can meet people from the music biz.

I have been involved in putting on many sporting evenings at the football clubs where you get a player to stand in front of a room to talk about their career. People at these events are mainly fans of said footballer and it’s their way of getting to meet what is essentially a hero of theirs for autographs and photos. That’s when a light bulb moment suddenly switched on just over 12 months ago. I thought to myself: “if a sportsman can do it why not people from the music world?” It`s all about giving their fans an insight into their career and their life or simply just the opportunity of actually meeting them.

I was very lucky and fortunate to have Alan McGee as my first ever client within a week or so of starting my company.

Your newest project is an Q&A tour with no other than Joe Talbot of mighty IDLES. How do you convince a fierce punk rocker to be quizzed in front of live audience?

Kevin Fitzgerald: To be honest with Joe Talbot it was just a long stab in the dark that paid off and again I have Alan McGee to thank for that.

Alan hosted An Evening With Shaun Ryder in Newcastle at the end of September last year and he was an amazing host, interviewing Shaun on stage before going into the audience to get questions from them. Alan really enjoyed it and said to me he would love to do more hosting.

I have always wanted to see the IDLES live and back in November I spoke to IDLES management who guest listed me for their gig in Leeds at the start of December. At the gig I thought the band were amazing and Joe stood out with how engaging he was with the crowd. Alan is very fond of the IDLES as well and we spoke about the possibility of hosting some Q&As with Joe Talbot. As you can imagine Alan loved the idea so when I thanked IDLES management for guest listening me in Leeds I asked to see if Joe would do some Q&As with Alan McGee. Luckily enough they both said yes. I don’t think I would have even have had a chance unless I had the Alan McGee handle because of the respect that Alan carries in the music world.

We heard that the Joe Talbot events will also include live music from upcoming local bands. Who will be entertaining the crowds on tour?

Kevin Fitzgerald: What I love about the Q&As is that we give up – and – coming bands the opportunity of playing in front of the best people in the music industry: Alan McGee, Shaun Ryder and now Joe Talbot. It`s a great buzz for these bands to have on their CV.

In the past events, we have had bands like The K’s, The Clockworks, Shambolics, Rosadocs, and The Jade Assembly performing and they have all gone onto better things.

On the Joe Talbot tour we have incredible set of artists: Faux Pas and Witch Fever in Manchester. We have Stone playing in Halifax. The Clockworks are returning to play at The Water Rats in London. Then in Birmingham we have The Pagans S.O.H and The Jack Fletcher Band.

And speaking about up and coming artists – you manage two acts: Magic Mod and The Barrats. Can we have a quick introduction of both? Nothing makes us happier at Indieterria than to discover some new music.

Kevin Fitzgerald:  Yes, that is  correct. I try to manage The Barratts and the Magic Mod.

I came about The Barratts because I was looking for various bands to invite to play on An Evening with Alan McGee. I was on This Feeling page and their song of the week was a song called “Lights out in London” by a band called The Barratts. I totally fell in love with it. They are indie band from Northampton who have an unique sound that is different to any of the other bands out there. They are amazing song writers, so much that The Sherlocks have been trying to take one of their songs. I still have no idea why they are not bigger or don’t have a record deal yet.

The Magic Mod is as indie as they come. He loves his Pretty Green, has toured with Paul Weller or The Libertines. He’s an amazing magician but can very easily entertain a crowd too which is why we have him hosting on some of the Q&As. He’s hosted a few of the Shaun Ryder nights and also the Alan McGee nights. The plan with him this year is to get him out entertaining crowds around the country.

If anyone wants to bring an event organised by Toura Toura to their town – what criteria do they need to meet and how to contact you?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  There really is no criteria for a Toura Toura event. What is unique about us is that we can hold our events anywhere from a small village hall  to a theatre in one of the major cities.

You can contact me at kevin@touratoura.com or just visit our page at https://www.facebook.com/touratourahq/

Its only February but what are your plans for this year? What can we expect  from Toura Toura though out 2020?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  This year we are planning to triple the amount of shows that we have put on and we will be adding more artists to the roster to make this happen. I have agreed a deal with singer/songwriter of another band today and with having Joe Talbot on board it takes what we are doing with the Q&A’s from the retro to things that are more current.

I would also like at some point to switch from agent to promoter.

Last (in)famous question. Imagine you have been tasked with organizing an Q&A session with the most notorious person in the history of music business. Who is in the hot seat and who is asking the questions?

Kevin Fitzgerald:  Now that’s a tough question! I’m going to make it  nice and simple. I’m a indie kid and I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now if it wasn’t for these guys. I have seen Oasis at Trentham Gardens, Earls Court, Main Road, Knebworth, Lancashire Cricket ground, NIA in Birmingham, 3 nights in a row at the Etihad Stadium, so it would have to be either Liam or Noel or both together. And there is only one person that I could possibly have to interview them and that would be Alan McGee.

You can follow Toura Toura on socials:

https://www.facebook.com/touratourahq/
https://twitter.com/TouraToura4
https://www.instagram.com/ltdtouratoura/

You can still buy tickets for the tour (except Water Rats in London as its sold out):

We will be reporting back on the tour, especially regarding the Birmingham event which we plan to attend. So prepare yourself for a lot of videos, photos and a detailed review. Now off you go to grab yourself a tix! Come on – join us.

M/R

Indieterria presents Joe Talbot In Converation Tour

Dear Readers,

With Idles taking a three month break between albums and new world wide tour (we truly cannot believe that this is happening!), Joe Talbot is hitting the road again. It seems that the lead singer, front man and the central figure behind the highly successful AF Gang, cannot sit idle – all puns intended. This time, he is taking part in a series of Q+A sessions, offering his fans an unique chance to learn more about IDLES tours, behind the stage events and how it truly feels to be in the most popular rock band in the world. A series of 8 gigs will take Joe all over the UK to London, Birmingham, Dublin and Manchester and Scotland. The tour will start on the 13th of February in the North and will finish in the West Midlands on the 12th of March. We will be keeping an eye as the tour progresses so you can expect this tiny blog to grow.

Q+A Tour

All events are organized by Toura Toura, a booking agent for such legendary figures as Alan McGee, Shaun Ryder, Bez, Tony McCarroll & Louise Wener. The best thing about each Q+A session is, they will be conducted by different interviewers, offering the audience a truly unique experience. No show will be the same. Of course, it’s not all talk, live music will be included as well. Some excellent special quests will be joining Joe on stage, so grab your tickets before they are gone.  If you have seen Idles performing live, you know how hard it is to get a ticket for your dream show. The demand is huge and Joe Talbot has a golden touch – everything he is involved in sells out rapidly. Listen to your friendly bloggers, we are rarely wrong. When we say the tickets are flying out, it’s not a drill or a marketing pitch – it is the true state of things. Don’t say we didnt warn you when the show in your town is all sold out 🙂

You can follow Toura Toura online at:
https://www.facebook.com/touratourahq/
https://www.instagram.com/ltdtouratoura/
https://twitter.com/TouraToura4

Of course, once the news went out, fans went into a frezny and all major music news outlets wrote about it. In less than 24h, almost 7,000 people liked, shared and talked about the event on Idles official Instagram:


We always collect all media mentions about the event so if you have missed any article, help yourself to the links below:

 

https://www.nme.com/news/music/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-uk-ireland-tour-tickets-2605442
https://www.kerrang.com/the-news/idles-joe-talbot-announces-in-conversation-tour/
https://crackmagazine.net/2020/02/joe-talbot-idles-in-conversation/
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/Catch-IDLES-Joe-Talbot-in-conversation-across-the-UK/54759/
https://louderthanwar.com/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-tour-with-alan-mcgee/
https://www.live4ever.uk.com/2020/02/idles-frontman-joe-talbot-will-be-in-conversation-with-clint-boon-and-alan-mcgee-starting-later-this-month/
http://northern-exposure.co/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee-clint-boon-more/
https://rockshotmagazine.com/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-intimate-events-announced/
https://repeatfanzine.wordpress.com/2020/02/06/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee-clint-boon-more/
https://www.skiddle.com/news/all/Catch-IDLES-Joe-Talbot-in-conversation-across-the-UK/54759/
https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/The-Night-Owl/IDLES-Joe-Talbot-in-Conversation-with-Alan-McGee/13736877
https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/The-Bread-Shed/IDLES-Joe-Talbot-in-Conversation-with-Clint-Boon/13729455/
https://gotechdaily.com/idles-joe-talbot-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee/
https://www.hotpress.com/music/idles-frontman-joe-talbot-announces-conversation-ukireland-tour-22803452
https://nialler9.com/idles-frontman-joe-talbot-to-do-a-series-of-talks-in-the-sugar-club-next-month/
https://www.withguitars.com/idles-joe-talbot-live-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee-clint-boon-more/
https://loudhacker.net/news/idles-joe-talbot-announces-in-conversation-tour/
https://epicnews.org/idles-joe-talbot-announces-in-conversation-uk-and-ireland-tour/

The gigs booked so far:

Q+A in Manchester

Show#1 – Manchester
Where: The Bread Shed
Address: Grosvenor St, Manchester, M1 7HL, Manchester
Date: Thursday 13th February 2020
Time: 7:30pm til 11:00pm (last entry 8:00pm)
Age: 14 +
Presented by: Clint Boon
Live music from: Faux Pas and Witch Fever
Tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/The-Bread-Shed/IDLES039-Joe-Talbot-in-Conversation-with-Clint-Boon/13729455
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/485285562176898/

Q+A in Edinburgh

Show#2 – Edinbourgh
Where: The Old Dr Bell’s Baths
Address: 21 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Date: Sunday, 20th of February 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Jonzip McNeil
Live music from: TBA
Tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Edinburgh/The-Old-Dr-Bells-Baths/Idles039—Joe-Talbot-/13730421
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/533046117555579/

Q+A in Glasgow

Show#3 – Glasgow
Where: Barras Art And Design
Address: 54 Calton Entry, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G40 2PS
Date: Saturday, February 29, 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Alan McGee
Live music from: TBA
Tickets: :https://tickets-scotland.com/idl04?fbclid=IwAR0q3efrr_POnBjAWs_pPMJVAZabBjj7vXUrzGy1ara3KNL0VHSwh0Ag22o
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/115483869841048/

Q+A in Halifax

Show#4 – Halifax
Where: Square Chapel Arts Centre
Address: 10 Square Road, HX1 1QG Halifax, West Yorkshire
Date: Sunday, March 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 10:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Alan McGee
Live music from: Stone
Tickets: https://www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/joe-talbot-idles-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/474498993486146/

Q+A in Londo

Show#5 – London
Where: The Water Rats
Address: 328 Gray’s Inn Road, King’s Cross, WC1X 8BZ London
Date: Monday, March 2, 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Alan McGee
Live music from: The Clockworks
Tickets: https://www.seetickets.com/event/joe-talbot-idles-in-conversation-with-alan-mcgee/the-water-rats-london/1483609
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/464774914189097/

Q+A in Dunlin (first evening)

Show#6 – Dublin (First Evening)
Where: The Sugar Club
Address: 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland D02 ET9
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Stephan Doyle
Live music from: TBA
Tickets: https://www.sugarclubtickets.com/purchase/in-conversation-with-idles-joe-talbot
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/133856011082171/

Q+A in Dublin (second evening)

Show#7 – Dublin (Second Evening)
Where: The Sugar Club
Address: 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin, Ireland D02 ET9
Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Eric Davidson (District Mag)
Live music from: TBA
Tickets: https://www.sugarclubtickets.com/purchase/in-conversation-with-idles-joe-talbot-1
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/620766222074791/

Q+A in Birmingham

Show#8 – Birmingham
Where: The Night Owl
Address: 17-18 Lower Trinity Street, B9 4AG Birmingham
Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Time: 7:00pm til 11:00pm (last entry 7:30pm)
Age: 14+
Presented by: Alan McGee
Live music from: Jack Fletcher Band and The Pagans S.O.H
Tickets: https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Birmingham/The-Night-Owl/IDLES-Joe-Talbot-in-Conversation-with-Alan-McGee/13736877/
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/174904840268281/

We will be updating this blog with new information as it becomes available!
Keep your eyes open and don’t forget that you can come up with your own questions to Joe, that might be asked on the night!

AIL,
Rita and Mal

Indieterria presents Alternative Christmas with The Kecks

Dear Readers,

Alternative Christmas continue at Indieterria. Many of our readers were absolute legends helping out during the fan campaign to get Jarvis Cocker`s single “Running The World” to #2 in the UK charts. We thought that after our shared Top 40 adventures, we will write about equally brilliant Christmas song recorded by a band that is making waves on indie circuit.

Those who follow our blog will be familiar with future rock stars known as The Kecks. We have interviewed them and followed their musical development for about a year now.  It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to see them evolve and develop their (incredibly huge) potential.

The Kecks came into being after mighty Manuka Hive came to an end and their arrival caught us by surprise. We were not expecting such a radiant mix of alternative rock, psychedelia, post punk and avant-garde. But sonic palette was just part of the package. The Kecks emerged from obscurity full of ideas and with a clear cut artistic vision. Blade Runner like visuals (images, videos), gender bending wardrobe, their courage to be photographed wearing dresses or holding hands in public. There was sense of adventure, rebellion, challenging of social norm in how they carried themselves on and off stage, how they merged different elements to create their own unique identity as artists and performers.

It was impossible not to fall in love with The Kecks almost instantly. And we were not the only ones. In just a year the band managed to get decent following on social media, released a successful single (Stick in My Throat), played a session for BBC Introducing, released a live video (All For Me) and played European tour that took them though Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France and UK.

The band responded to their fans in a manner that could truly warm even the coldest of hearts.  Please allow us to quote their statement in full: “The support we’ve received in this first year has been phenomenal and we just wanted to do something as a little fun as a way of saying thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check us out this year. We look forward to catching up with you all on the road again in 2020 and have plenty of new music primed ready for your ears in the new year!”

And so they wrap up 2019 releasing a live version of Mud`s festive favourite Lonely This Christmas.

Written in 1974, this classic song went to number #1 and was performed on Top of The Pops.  The single was a homage to Elvis Presley and  members of Mud dedicated it to the King of Rock and Roll  for his 40th birthday.

The Kecks` version is very much on point and retains the slower Elvis-like singing of the original, but without the unnecessary pomp and kitsch. The song is stripped back and reinvigorated, dusted off and brought up to date for XXI century. It still sounds retro, vintage even but was given a very strong modern approach that will also appear for younger audience.

Lonely This Christmas was recorded as part of Glade Sessions. It was organised by Alexander Luebbe, produced by Carlos Andres and filmed by Yotam Schwartz.

The Kecks in all their splendour and glory

It`s not always a safe bet to take on a classic song  – but The Kecks come on top in their version of Lonely This Christmas. It shows their strength and ambition as a band.  If you can own a song written by a rock legends –then you can pretty much do anything, the sky`s the limit.

And this is what we would like to wish to The Kecks for 2020.

The band has been featured  on our blog before. We absolute adore them:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/indieterria-meets-the-kecks/
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/indieterria-presents-the-kecks-on-european-tour/

More readings:
https://chaosmusicmagazine.nl/2019/12/18/chaos-brengt-je-een-alternatieve-kerst-met-deze-originele-kerstnummers

The Kecks have been getting more and more attention in the national and European blogs and magazines. If you are curious who they are and want to learn more, please check out those articles as well:

http://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/06/hamburg-based-newcomers-kecks-sing-tell.html
http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/this-feeling-track-of-the-day-the-kecks-stick-in-my-throat/
https://www.rgm.press/the-kecks-stick-in-my-throat/review/
https://www.rgm.press/the-kecks-return-to-the-uk-for-new-tour-dates/review/
https://willyoumag.com/2019/11/20/the-clause-live-at-cafe-totem-sheffield-review
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/aviator-on-expanding-into-management-re-launching-its-label-and-the-future

Ready for action in 2020

You can follow the band on socials:

https://www.thekecksofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thekecksofficial/
https://twitter.com/the_kecks
https://www.instagram.com/thekecksofficial/
https://soundcloud.com/thekecksofficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm0wdB5kpFtz5VjJlblmlIQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7rq4XneM5dE0uYeAoyMGGn?si=SD6WJsSaR9uBIck6pcusWA

We hope you enjoy the posts and the music and we want to wish you all the best in the new decade dear readers.

See you soon with a lot of stuff coming up.

Mal/Rita

Indieterria presents Alternative Christmas – Get Jarvis Cocker “Running the World” a Christmas number 1

Dear Readers, 

Every year at Indieterria, we celebrate Christmas in an alternative way. Be it by bringing a festive cheer to a mosh pit (have you ever brought big slabs of chocolate to a gig to share with fellow gig goers and bands? You should try it!) or by supporting worthy causes. And this year presented us with a most magnificent cause there can be. After the recent elections, Brexit and years of austerity some incredible people decided to end the 2019 with a song that sums it all – Jarvis Cocker`s “Cunts Are Still Running The World”.

Their campaign to bring a 13- years old single to the top of charts just in time for Christmas took over so quickly that even the best marketing experts were surprised. But it gets better – all proceeds from the single are going to charity so you can not just sum up the people in power with the song, but also take part in a very peculiar Band Aid like exercise. All you need is to buy the single or stream it (or even share the campaign).

We had to meet up and speak to people who came up with this absolutely brilliant idea. Please meet Michael Hall and Darcie Molina – geniuses of marketing and we mean it.

Official single cover

What made you to set up the group? And please introduce the admins behind this idea? Who are the masterminds behind “Fancy Getting “C**ts Are Still Running The World” to UK Xmas No.1?

Michael Hall: The group is run by myself and Darcie Molina. We were so down at the election results on Friday morning (Friday the 13th). We were expecting disaster from the exit polls but it was worse than anything we could have imagined. It just occurred to us that it would be magical to get Jarvis Cocker’s “Cunts Are Still Running The World” to number 1 in this country. And then we realised, it would be the Christmas charts that week so we decided to give it a try. We expected to have a fun little group with a bout 20-30 like-minded people but then it really connected with everybody and they built this amazing Facebook group and made the campaign global.

We think it’s a fantastic choice, but we have to ask: why this particular song? Have you considered other tracks before settling on “Running the World”?

Michael Hall:  I’ll be honest – it was the song that gave us the plan, not the other way around. Since then though, we’ve had suggestions from people for a lot of songs. My favourite suggestion so far has been “Mother” by IDLES for its anti-Tory lyrics.

It took only couple of days for the group to go viral and attract 27.000 members. That’s more than AF Gang, the popular fan group for IDLES. Have you expected such a great response?

Michael Hall: Michael Hall:  We had no way to know it would get this big. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve received support from some surprising corners. Speaking of AFGang, we are using the way their moderators run that magnificent group as a blueprint for how we run this one. They are an example of how to run a positive, inclusive group and we hope to emulate them briefly here. We love AFGang, let it be known!

Detailed guide for fans how to get the song to number 1

The campaign has been featured by Guardian, Observer, BBC, Clash Magazine and NME. Did you expect such an incredible media coverage for this effort?

Michael Hall:  Absolutely not. The Evening Standard and some of the other Tory rags are getting involved now too! Every member of the press I’ve spoken to has been kind and supportive so far – nothing like what you might expect.

Jarvis Cocker has responded on social media saying he was very happy about the campaign. But have him or his representatives been in touch with you?

Michael Hall:  Yes, he has a big surprise for us up his sleeve today. That will make things very interesting later in the day as the race draws to a close. We started without label or artist involvement but they are fully on board now.

All the proceeds are now going to Shelter which gives the campaign a new charitable dimension. You basically formed this year’s Band Aid. How does that feel?

Michael Hall: Well that’s a very kind thing to say indeed! This is just a small protest that a community of wonderful, good-hearted punk rock humans have made into a “thing” that now helps the homeless. Finding out that the proceeds would go to Shelter brought tears to my eyes. It’s a beautiful gesture from Jarvis and we all know how important it is to support our nation’s ever-increasing homeless population.

Where does the campaign stands now? Are we close to the official number 1 spot?

Michael Hall: We are Number 2 on Amazon, Number 2 on iTunes and Number 1 on 7Digital. Also, the song is now at Number 3 for UK downloads on Google Play and Number 1 on iTunes Alternative Charts!

If everyone in our group downloads the song today we’ll be in the charts tomorrow. The Official Number 1 is a long shot, of course it always has been, but we are going to do absolutely everything we can to make it happen. We haven’t slept since Monday so we’re not going to give up now!

The charts statistics are closing on Thursday 19th of December at midnight. What can people still do to help?

Michael Hall: Download, download, download and stream, stream, stream. Every download helps a homeless person and tells this government what we think of them.  #jarvis4xmas

Detailed information about the single:
Release: 13 November 2006
Numbers: RTRADCD340/RTRADLP340 with RTRADS340/RTRADDA340 / RTRADCDP340
Formats: CD/LP with bonus 7″/Digital Download/Promotional CD
Sleeve: The Designers Republic & Jarvis Cocker
Highest Chart Position: 37 (UK)
More information: http://www.acrylicafternoons.com/disc-jarv.html

 

You can join the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618955365312116/

You can download and buy the song at:

Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-World-Jarvis-Cocker/dp/B001MY6R46/
ITunes: https://music.apple.com/lk/album/running-the-world-single/260670939
7Digital: https://uk.7digital.com/artist/jarvis-cocker/release/running-the-world
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3aa70aUOaMVmixLnwSIytk
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bsp3atpzzu65g5wp62pboq7tcxy&tid=song-Tlat7k2lveeb6nntw3hf647xrcq
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/track/948956

A rare copy of Radio edit (clean version) and white label CD has been posted on Twitter:

The campaign has been officially endorsed by Jarvis Cocker and Rough Trade (the label who released the single).

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What a strange couple of days! I just want to say a very big thank you to everyone involved in this campaign to get “Cunts Are Still Running The World” to #1 for Xmas. What a lark! I’m so proud that people have chosen the song as a means of protest against the social, political & environmental situation we find ourselves in. We’ve been playing this song at the recent JARV IS… shows & I often sing “but not for long” at the very end. I truly believe that, as long as we don’t give up, that is true. These are cold, hard times but initiatives like this campaign make me feel all warm & hopeful inside. Christmasy even. All proceeds go to Shelter too – so it’s also doing some practical good. All being well we should have a musical Christmas pressie to share with you later today or tomorrow. It’s another way of saying thanks. Keep the faith x #jarvis4xmas #shelter #butnotforlong #letsdothis

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After the singer and the record label officially acknowledged the fan effort to bring the song to the top of the charts, magazines, celebrities and fellow musicians voiced their support on social media for the campaign. We managed to find several examples:

And the singer had a fantastic surprise for the group that has been working tirelessly. He prepared a special, acoustic version that was delivered to the group members on the last day of their campaign. The song was accompanied by a message:

“So here’s the story: about a month ago the Kaiser Quartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of “Running the World” & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did. The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but – given the current campaign – we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now. Merry Xmas! Jarvis xx”

If you still haven’t had enough, you can also see a rare live performance of the song from 2009:

From a crazy idea of just two people, to a Facebook group of nearly 35.000 people in less than a week, the campaign surpassed all expectations. Nobody even thought it would be possible to engage such a big crowd. And the effects are simply mind blowing. We have been collecting articles about the idea and in  just under 2 days, we managed to collect over 60 links to the biggest newspapers  from all over the world. Including The Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone magazine, The Independent, BBC and others.  Please take a look at the articles as even professional PR house wouldn’t be able to brag about such powerful and successful campaign.

Press articles:
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/16/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-single-christmas-no1-spot
http://floodmagazine.com/72645/jarvis-cocker-wants-to-make-c-ts-are-still-running-the-world-the-2019-christmas-1/
https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-enters-official-christmas-number-1-race__28011
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2019/12/19/news/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one-1794890/
https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/47232/1/running-the-world-christmas-number-one-jarvis-cocker-tories-boris-johnson
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-so-proud-fans-are-backing-running-the-world-christmas-campaign-as-a-means-of-protest-2589358
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-cunts-are-still-running-the-world-christmas-number-one-campaign-interview-2589149
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-shares-an-alternative-version-of-running-the-world-with-german-string-quartet-2589856
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-could-now-be-the-first-number-one-of-2020-2590547
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-celebrity-catchphrase-christmas-special-2590490
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/viral-news/2019/12/19/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113536
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-races-up-the-charts
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/jarvis-cocker-shares-new-version-of-running-the-world
http://diymag.com/2019/12/18/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-christmas-no-1-campaign
https://www.indy100.com/article/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-running-world-general-election-9248251
https://completemusicupdate.com/article/shelter-to-benefit-as-jarvis-cocker-emerges-a-late-contender-for-sweary-christmas-number-one/
http://www.noise11.com/news/jarvis-cockers-cnts-are-still-running-the-world-is-almost-there-20191217
http://www.noise11.com/news/more-timely-than-ever-get-jarvis-cockers-cnts-are-still-running-the-world-to-number-one-this-christmas-20191216
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50809896
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/jarvis-cockers-anti-establishment-song-climbs-charts
https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-social-media-campaign-a4317336.html
https://music.mxdwn.com/2019/12/19/news/jarvis-cocker-releases-new-version-of-running-the-world-featuring-kaiser-quartett-to-aid-christmas-1-campaign/
https://www.metro.news/what-a-lark-jarvis-cockers-race-for-xmas-number-one/1844406/
https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/people/x-rated-jarvis-cocker-song-tipped-christmas-number-one-anti-boris-johnson-protest-1345114
https://tonedeaf.thebrag.com/jarvis-cocker-uk-christmas-no-1/
https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/jarvis-cocker-pulp-running-the-world-christmas-number-1/
https://southendnewsnetwork.net/news/supreme-court-forces-bbc-to-play-uncensored-jarvis-cocker-song-with-cts-in-lyrics (parody site)
https://www.rgm.press/cunts-are-running-the-world-xmas-single-push-with-jarvis-cocker/editorial/
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/2019/12/20/british-iconoclasm-christmas-no-1/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-race-for-uk-christmas-no-1-will-it-be-sausage-rolls-or-alcoholic-regret-nf27t7jzr#
https://www.indy100.com/article/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-running-world-general-election-9248251
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/20/ladbaby-i-love-sausage-rolls-christmas-no-1
https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/12/stream-jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-alternate-version/
http://www.theowlmag.com/news/have-yourselves-a-merry-little-jarvis/
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/12/jarvis-cocker-track-places-at-48-in-christmas-chart-amidst-liverpool-gig-rumours/
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/12/21/news-jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-surges-up-the-uk-charts-to-number-2-campaign-resumed-to-make-it-number-1-this-january
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/jarvis-cocker-shares-version-running-041457536.html

International:
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/campaign-trying-to-get-jarvis-cockers-2006-single-to-number-one.html https://exclaim.ca/music/article/jarvis_cockers_running_the_world_in_the_race_for_u_k_christmas_no_1_after_election
https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/12/17/musique/musique/les-connards-regnent-encore-sur-le-monde-un-nouveau-et-tres-special-hymne-de-noel-britannique/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one-38798165.html
http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/jarvis_cocker_shares_new_version_of_running_the_world_in_campaign_for_uk_ch
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-could-be-back-in-charts-after-uk-election/
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/jarvis-cocker-shares-new-version-of-cnts-are-still-running-the-world/
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jarvis-cocker-new-version-running-the-world-christmas-number-one-929512/
https://pitchfork.com/news/listen-to-jarvis-cockers-new-version-of-running-the-world/
https://www.rt.com/uk/476124-tory-brexit-christmas-song/
https://www.avopolis.gr/music-news/international-news/69260-jarvis-for-christmas-19
https://entertainment.ie/music/theres-a-campaign-to-get-this-very-relatable-jarvis-cocker-song-to-christmas-no-1-434555/
https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-number-one-christmas/
https://moosegazette.net/jarvis-cocker-so-proud-fans-are-backing-running-the-world-christmas-campaign-as-a-means-of-protest/186699/
https://heraldplanet.com/jarvis-cocker-song-enters-official-christmas-number-1-race/
https://www.aedaily.net/en-gb/posts/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one
https://exclaim.ca/music/article/jarvis_cockers_running_the_world_in_the_race_for_u_k_christmas_no_1_after_election
https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/12/17/musique/musique/les-connards-regnent-encore-sur-le-monde-un-nouveau-et-tres-special-hymne-de-noel-britannique/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113843
https://fm4.orf.at/stories/2996167
https://www.soundsandbooks.com/2019/12/21/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-song-des-tages
https://www.musikblog.de/2019/12/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-neue-version-mit-kaiser-quartett/
https://fastforward-magazine.de/jarvis-cocker-veroeffentlicht-neue-version-von-running-the-world-gemeinsam-mit-dem-kaiser-quartett
http://soundchecker.koeln/jarvis-cocker-kaiser-quartett-wuenschen-frohe-weihnachten/
https://www.nova.ie/listen-to-jarvis-cockers-reworked-bid-for-protest-xmas-no-1-173283
https://www.indienative.com/2019/12/live-with-the-no-6-orchestra
https://marvin.com.mx/pulp-jarvis-cocker-nueva-version-running-the-world/
https://indiehoy.com/canciones/jarvis-cocker-presenta-una-nueva-version-de-running-the-world/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113843

Blogs:
https://www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com/theres-a-slight-chance-that-jarvis-cockers-cts-are-still-running-the-world-may-finish-as-the-christmas-1-in-the-uk/
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/12/16/news-campaign-to-get-jarvis-cockers-cts-are-still-running-the-world-to-xmas-1-launched
https://indiereporter.blogspot.com/2019/12/shelter-to-benefit-as-jarvis-cocker.html
https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-is-nearly-in-the-uk-top-40-singles-chart
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/12/cherry-ghost-to-release-first-single-in-five-years-as-jarvis-cocker-track-bids-for-christmas-number-one
https://turnupthevolume.blog/2019/12/20/frustrated-election-fans-wants-jarvis-cocker-at-the-top-spot-of-the-charts-on-xmas-day-with-his-2006-solo-track-running-the-world/

Chart Position:

On the 20th of December, the official UK charts statistics became available. The group admins released the following statement:

“The Chart positions are in.
UK Download Chart: No. 2
Scotland Overall Chart: No. 6
7Digital: No. 1
iTunes: No. 3
Amazon: No. 3
Google Play: No. 3
UK National Chart: No. 48
Over 225,000 Streams!

This is absolutely, insanely incredible. We started this for fun and out of disappointment and discontent 7 days ago – we didn’t get admins or the nod from the label until Monday. That’s just 4 days. You took a 13 year old song that a few people remembered very fondly and turned it into the rallying cry of a mini-movement”.

Few hours later another, longer announcement was issued:

“This is absolutely, insanely incredible. We started this for fun and out of disappointment and discontent 7 days ago – we didn’t get admins or the nod from the label until Monday. That’s just 4 days. You took a 13 year old song that a few people remembered very fondly and turned it into the rallying cry of a mini-movement.

There are now 33,000+ now us. This community has taken a little bit of civil disobedience and turned it into a huge campaign, a community comforting one another and offering hope and humour where it’s most needed. A community that has dedicated it’s time, money and energy to helping the homeless and giving agency to the voiceless over this week.

We’re immeasurably proud of you, the people in this group who have achieved such huge strides in such a ludicrously short amount of time.

It’s been a delight to receive positive coverage from The Guardian, The Indy, Clash Magazine, The NME, Les Inrockuptibles, Radio Ireland, God Is In The TV, Under The Radar, PopBitch, Roliing Fucking Stone and many more. It was a thrill for a bunch of fan-humans to get support from The Lemonheads, Richard Hawley, Shaun Keaveny, Tom Robinson, AFGang, Stuart Maconie, Maxine Peake, Spillers Records, Nick Wallington, Fat White Family, Pam Hogg…and so many more. THANKS TO THEM!

That all aside, everything positive that has happened is because of you, this community – not the record label, not the press, not a celebrity, not a politician and not even our beloved Jarvis himself. You have come together and made a difference. You have helped homeless people in the UK at their most vulnerable time of year and offered a strong voice of protest against injustice and the rise of the right.

THANK YOU. YES, YOU THERE, SPECIFICALLY.

“I learned a long time ago there is something worse than missing the goal and that’s not pulling the trigger” Mia Hamm

We on the left are used to all manner of defeat. Sure, we hoped for a higher National Chart playing – about 47 places higher as it goes – but the odds were stacked and you did great work. We don’t see this as a defeat but as a phenomenal first step. We don’t want ANYONE here to feel like this was a waste of energy or time – we will Keep Fucking Going.

We’ll be moving forward with those who would wish to stay with us as a cultural fundraising, campaigning forum and organisation group which we can help steer towards positive outcomes. We envision this as being a place to arrange and promote REAL WORLD change-making – projects and fundraisers large and small from all parts of the group, from all corners of the world. But we started this for fun and plan to keep it that way. Keep your good humour flowing and music recommendations flooding in.

We plan to start using the mentoring facility on Facebook to offer more vulnerable group members someone to reach out to in times of need.

We will be here for each other.

We are here to unite, never to divide – and all clear thinking good-hearted people are welcome here. We admins will try to live up to your standards.

We’ve listened to all the suggestions being made in the group and we will continue to do so. It won’t be anything like the same intensity from us this week – but don’t expect us to slack and don’t you even think of that either.

Here’s some things we all need to remember:

OUR REAL WORK IS TO BE DONE OUT IN THE WORLD

ALL IS LOVE – NO NEGATIVITY

THIS GROUP HAS A ZERO CUNT POLICY (apart from me, obvs)

We’ll rename the group after the weekend – suggestions would be great.

So – community leaders, musicians, artists, fundraisers, campaigners, charity reps, non-cunts – towards what shall we next steer this unwieldy beast?!

Cunts ARE still running the world…but not for long…

LOVE

Helen, Darcie, Michael, Tracey, Ian, Emily, Julia, Lisa, John, Abigail. Team#jarvis4xmas

You can find all charts screenshots in the gallery below:

On 21st of December, an urgent announcement was posted on the group, providing more information about the mid-week position:

“HUGELY EXCITING UPDATE!!!

RUNNING THE WORLD NOW AT NO.2 IN THE OFFICIAL UK CHART

We have insider info and are beyond thrilled to tell you that the song is now at #2 in the national day-by-day charts!!

The full UK charts. The proper charts. The one we were #48 in yesterday. You kept downloading this song for charity and saying you wanted a #1 this week instead. And we went up 46 places overnight. What do you think about that?!

Thank you, inflight WiFi. Please pass the tissues.

We’re cancelling Christmas. We’re going to get this song to number 1 – the first Number 1 single of 2020. We’re doing this. Join us???

#JARVIS4JANUARY

DOWNLOAD, SHARE, AND STREAM, STREAM, STREAM.

Join and share on every platform!!
Twitter & Instagram: @jarvis4january”

If you haven’t downloaded or steamed the song yet, please do so – the group is fighting to keep the song in top 10 for next week and maybe give it a number one in the first week of January! Whatever happens – when the community comes together, amazing ideas come true. Thank you!

All sales proceedings from the song throughout the festive period will be donated to Shelter.

What a time to be alive (despite the poverty and politics of hate).
Please keep on giving and supporting, you are doing amazingly well.

xxx
Rita and Malcia Dabrowicz

Indieterria meets Bunkerpop

Dear Readers,

We have recently reviewed an incredible Manchester band Weimar and now we return with equally amazing gem from the underground. It is our pure pleasure and privilege to welcome Hull`s Bunkerpop to our blog. We sat down with guitarist Paul John Sarel to speak about the bands spiritual home venue (The New Adelphi Club), their genre bending debut album and their cost friendly videos. Bunkerpop consists of living legends of Hull`s music scene and the tunes they produce are brilliant. Wit, talent and strong DIY ethics – everything that we love at Indieterria.

Bunkerpop`s logo

Bunkerpop is a band after our own hearts! You describe yourselves as “self-managed, self-released, self- promo, self everything”. At Indieterria we absolutely adore people who uphold DIY ethics. Please introduce yourselves!

Paul John Sarel:  Bunkerpop are a collection of like minded lazy fluke artists. None of this is designed to be a success but we seem to have managed to become a cult like phenomenon as we all uphold a genuine desire to entertain, make music and uphold core values that are inclusive. It’s not a coincidence that as day jobs we all work with people. We connect and we offer support in our day jobs which we try and carry across into band activities. We are Trevor Simpson (teacher), Carlos  Macklin (barman), Jonathan Wainberg (mental health nurse), Mark Blissenden (youth leader) and Paul John Sarel (youth leader).

You probably will cringe at the expression but Bunkerpop is practically a supergroup! With a huge chunk of Hull musical history attached to it. You formed in 2016 and all members come from massively influential local groups such a Fonda 500, Baby Mammoth, Nyam Nyam, The Schoolgirls or Black Delta Movement. The amount of experience, records and Wikipedia pages between all of you is stunning!  Tell us how did the band start? You obviously known each other for years, but  was there ever a moment where you met one day  in a pub and decided – let`s form a band?

Paul John Sarel:  We all knew each other from either being in bands, attending gigs or just from our local community which is based in quite a artistic and cultural zone of the city.

Some of us had played gigs together in the same bands or attended each other’s gigs in the past. Some of us played veterans football together. We’ve been around for a long time as musicians and our age span ranges from 30 years old up to 58 years old. We’re pretty energetic for a bunch of middle-aged geezers. I like to think we’re quite open to new ideas…that’s how it all started. It was just something to do, to start with but it became very exciting as we’re all from different musical backgrounds but at the same time we all enjoy taking musical risks. We had nothing to lose and it became brilliant.

Bunkerpop ready for action

Bunkerpop material has been recorded at the Gorilla Studios in Hull with sound engineer Bob Wingfield, and then mastered by Pete Maher (The White Stripes, U2). How do you remember the studio session? Were any songs prepared prior the recordings – or were you leaving it for the time when you were already in the studio?

Paul John Sarel:  The album took about a year to record. Initially we had Bob engineer three different live sessions for us where we just played our set. We then had the basic live tracks and took them to our own studio. This is where the majority of the work and overdubs was done. Mark took a lot of the responsibility on with input from the rest of the band. Some of the tunes needed a lot of changing, cutting, throwing in the bin or re-thinking. We decided quite early on to take a different approach to the live version of the band. Because most tunes we do are instrumental we knew we had to create a narrative running through the album in some way. We took a lot of time finding dialogue that wasn’t clichéd or that was trying to be cool….cause that’s not cool.

You released your double debut album in July 2019 to critical acclaim.  Louder Than War lauded you as “unique and brilliant”, BBC Introducing  said “Everything they send is incredible”, other  blogs and magazines compared you to Neu, Devo, Brian Eno and Flaming Lips. Were you expecting such a positive reactions to your material?

Paul John Sarel:  The album has a very Hull feel to it. It’s not trendy, it doesn’t conform and it refuses to take the twists you expect. It’s a bit of a “fuck off” to anyone who wants a hit record. We like a good metaphorical fight. We have a giant Hull chip on our shoulders and we’re quite feisty. I think a lot of folks can relate to that in the current political climate.

The band live is a force to be reckoned with.

We need to ask you about the video to “(Are You Ready) For Something” because it`s the best surrealistic video we have seen in a long time. A boxing match meets eating contest is an incredibly funny idea but we also heard that the band spend a whole £18.80 on the props and costumes. If that is true, Bunkerpop deserve a recognition for not only being incredibly creative, but also efficient.

Paul John Sarel:  The video did cost £18.80. We did it on a cold February morning with hangovers. Our friends Mark Richardson and Anna Bean shot it, edited and added extras. They’re both central to creative things in our community. We got Viki to be the referee. Again she’s an energetic force in the local area. When you can work and play with such talented people like them you don’t need a big budget. You just all drawer from each other’s creativity and energy. Carlos and I look very grey in the video. That’s booze for ya!

The band members are funders and curators of Fast & Bulbous’ Festival. It`s been running for  the last three years raising funds for The New Adelphi Club in Hull. The venue is known for supporting young and emerging artists, but also hosted legends such as The Cranberries, Manics, The La`s and Kaiser Chiefs. How important are independent venues such as The New Adelphi for indie circuit?

Paul John Sarel:  The Adelphi is our spiritual home. It’s shabby and brilliant. In the last month it’s hosted everything from Fat Boy Slim to a youth music gig with all the performers playing being under 18. This speaks volumes about the place. A superstar millionaire DJ to kids playing their 1st gig in the space of a fortnight.

This week there is grime, folk, post punk, country blues and high octane rock on the billing. The Adelphi is one of the most important venues in the world. It’s fiercely independent and ugly. That’s how we like it. Long live independent venues up and down the country!

Bunkerpop in their iconic hazmat suits. Good music is contagious,

There are also plans to turn Fast & Bulbous’ into a proper label. You released your own material as Bunkerpop via Fast & Bulbous’ Records. Do you have any other releases coming up or are you looking for bands and artists to release their material via the label?

Paul John Sarel:  The next Fast & Bulbous release could be out in Spring 2020. We’re hoping to put out a double 7″ gatefold with four different artists on. Each artist takes up one side. It’s quite an ambitious project but the quality of the artists means it’s gonna be a belter. It’ll Bunkerpop, Bitmap (former Salako Chap Luke), Holly Blackshaw (Crooked Weather) and Nicholas Broten (Fonda 500). We’re all top notch artists….I’ve heard the tunes already and it’s going to be a beautiful release.

We are almost at the end of the year so what can we expect from you guys in the 2020? Another album? A Tour?

Paul John Sarel:  Bunkerpop have quite a few gigs lined up and we’re booked in to play Scunthorpe, Barrow, Nottingham, Hull, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds. They’ll be a few festivals in 2020 too. We’ll possibly start recording a new album too. We have the demos for 4 songs already and we’re writing new tunes all the time. It’s all very exciting.

Last (in)famous question – if you could book the biggest stars of pop music into The Adelphi for a all nighter. What bands would you book and who is headlining?

Paul John Sarel: Gosh….if we could choose to book an Adelphi all nighter with our heroes and inspirations it’d probably look something like this (with the aid of a time machine):

Talking Heads big band line up as headliners. Sly & the Family Stone, Fela Kuti, Kraftwerk, William Oneyabor, Can, Velvets, Roxy with Eno, Flaming Lips, Fonda 500, Bunkerpop.

You can follow Bunkerpop on the socials:

https://www.facebook.com/HullBunkerpop/
https://www.instagram.com/bunkerpopband/
https://soundcloud.com/user-554608742
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrHotMIM
https://bunkerpopband.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Uuj2nCneKmPA58KY5577l?si=vRAnIn42RWeNRGcht2CdVw

 

Additional readings:

https://www.imnotfromlondon.com/bunker-pop-mentality-album-review-bunkerpops-bunkerpop-album/
http://www.soundspheremag.com/spotlight/band/band-spotlight-bunkerpop/
http://www.hullmusicarchive.co.uk/artist-bunkerpop/

We are so excited to be discovering acts like Bunkerpop and cant wait to see what they will produce in the future.

Good luck guys.

Mal/Rita

Indieterria presents Weimar

Dear Readers, 

We have said it before, but Vanadian Avenue is always on the look out for unusual bands, unique musical styles or new trends in music. Sometimes we find interesting artists on our own, sometimes we receive a tip or sometimes the artists take their time to contact us themselves.

And this is how we learnt about Manchester quartet called Weimar. Last week, lead singer of the band, Aidan Cross sent us an email asking if we would be interested in  reviewing his newest double A single. After listening to both songs, and seeing the accompanying videos we had to say yes!

Weimar is a Manchester-based band consisting of singer-songwriter and rhythm guitarist Aidan Cross (The Bacillus, Black Light Mutants), lead guitarist Stephen Sarsen (Frank Is Dead, The Bacillus, Playground), bassist John Armstrong (The Speed of Sound) and drummer Anthony Edwards (The Deceased).

Weimar Republic of Mancunia by Zac Gale

Official bio: “Combining a range of influences and naming themselves Weimar after the German Weimar Republic of the 1920s in which experimental art, music and cabaret saw a boom, Weimar combine an eclectic range of influences, with their songs containing elements of Art Rock, Post-Punk, Cabaret, Chanson, Prog Rock, Funk, Alt Folk, Gothic Rock, Music Hall and Dark Circus. Lyrically they cover themes of the dark side of culture and human nature, drawing on a socio-political awareness as well as historical inspiration. In the spirit of the Weimar Republic itself, the emphasis is on the need for freedom of expression and rebellion in the face of political and social oppression. In the current turbulent political era, which has already sparked talk of ‘Weimar Britain’, this approach has a profound relevance to contemporary culture”.

The songs “Marvel to the State” and “Undesirable Master” were released on 22nd of November 2019 and they feature the guest vocals of Rose Niland, singer with Rose & the Diamond Hand and Poppycock. The Double A side single was also released digitally on German Shepherd Records, and on CD via Weimar’s own label Marlene’s Hat.

So what can we say about the singles? First thing that comes to mind is that Weimar is reviewer’s real nightmare when it comes to classification. We can easily imagine that if those songs were released back in the 1990’s, Steve Lamacq would tear all his hair out trying to come up with a name for what they do. This is a real mixture of genres – from the classical French chanson, to pop to rock and alternative. There is a lot of Divine Comedy, a lot of the Smiths, The Fall and a bit of a cabaret. To complicate the matters even further – we can swear that “Marvel to the State” has been ispired by 1920’s and 1930’d european jazz. And if we throw trip hop and pop into the cauldron, then we have a real bomb ready to go off.

Weimar in black and white by Zac Gale

The PR note released alongside the singles is confirming what we heard for ourselves:

“Stylistically, both new songs are significantly different from Weimar’s previous single. ‘Marvel To The State’ is written as a celebration of female figures throughout history who have stood up in the face of oppressive politics. It is a duet between Weimar’s frontman Aidan Cross and Rose Niland, set to a jazz-funk inspired backing, with a more upbeat and pop-oriented feel than the previous single. ‘Undesirable Master’ meanwhile, is a romantic torch song with an ethereal backing vocal from Niland. Both songs are accompanied by promo videos directed by Nikos Pavlou. Niland co-stars in the video for “Marvel” while the “Undesirable Master” video guest stars screen thespian Indigo Azidahaka, also vocalist with Granola Suicide.”

We are not the only ones impressed with both songs. Other reviewers were also truly generous with compliments:

“You know when you get that chill up your back when you hear music that is genuinely different and exciting…..? The most important band to come out of Manchester since Magazine.” – Bob Osborne, Aural Delights Blog

“What makes Weimar stand out from so many other guitar bands is their emphatic execution of highly observant songs informed by life’s surreal and unnerving experiences, underpinned by instrumentation which is accomplished – almost oblivious to how good it actually is. Guitars jangle, jolt and drive emotion in equal measure, matched with point-hitting drums… with enigmatic singer and musician Aidan Cross captivating the crowd.” – Emily Oldfield, Louder Than War

We have to admit that Weimar is one of the most unusual bands we have discovered this year and it will be a pleasure to watch them grow. The band is currently working on their debut album while continuing to gig regularly. The album is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2020.

Weimar in black and whte (again) by Zac Gale

You can follow the band on their socials:
https://weimarbanduk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/WeimarTheBand/
https://twitter.com/WeimarBandUK
https://www.instagram.com/weimarbanduk/
https://soundcloud.com/weimartheband
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVRYJayyyN0Q46AA_74Aig

 

With bands such as The Blinders, Dirty Laces, Scuttlers, The Document, Saytr Play, The Red Stains, Witch Fever, Liines, Gloves, The Membranes, The Battery Farm and many others (we could go on forever!) Manchester music scene is one of the best in the world. Keep your eyes and ears open as the Kingdon of Mancunia is four steps ahead of everyone.

Xoxox
Rita and Malicia D.

Indieterria meets Avalanche Party

Honourable comrades!

Avalanche Party is one of the most important new bands on the indie scene at the moment. Formed in 2014, AP (as they are known to their fans) built an impressive resume in a relatively short period of time. They travelled throughout the UK and mainland Europe, performed in NYC and at the famous SXSW in Texas, recorded at the desert studios somewhere in the Death Valley in California. They also played at all the important summer festivals and shared stages with the best of the best in rock music.

The band is known for its wild, mesmerizing shows, full of drama, sweat and hypnotic music. And for their specific, dry, half-sarcastic, half-abstract sense of humour. Just few days before their gig in Birmingham and the release of their debut album, we sat down with vocalist and front-man, Jordan Bell to discuss their videos, trips to America and what can we expect from the Avalanche Party in 2020.

Avalanche Party photographed by Jason Ferdinando

BBC Radio 1 calls you “The most exciting rock & roll band in the UK right now.” But let’s take things to the very beginning. How and where did Avalanche Party form?

Jordan Bell: Keep an open yoghurt in your kitchen fridge for long enough and over time, it will morph and grow into something quite remarkably different from the yoghurt you once knew. Until you can no longer bear to keep it in your refrigeration station and have no choice but to toss it out into the big bad world. It was kind of like that. We’re from North Yorkshire, if it makes a difference. Where the wild things are and the OneStops aren’t.

You managed to keep the news of your debut album completely under wraps. There were no mentions, no leaks, no warnings and then on 27th of August a bomb was dropped. In the era where people lead their entire existence online, did you think it was important to keep your fans unaware of what was coming?

Jordan Bell: Definitely and that’s something which extends past fans and straight into the band itself. Two members didn’t even know the album had been recorded and our manager still doesn’t. Keep it to yourselves.

The album “24 Carat Diamond Trephine” is finally due on 22nd of November. We are intrigued by the title? Trephine are commonly used in bone surgery and dentistry, but we are certain that NHS cannot afford a 24 carat ones. Where does the title come from? Is there a particular meaning behind it?

Jordan Bell: Trephines are still knocking around but the album title is based on the more primitive versions used for trepanning – the old practice of cutting holes in the head to let out the evil spirits responsible for strange behaviours. There seems to be some kind of parallel between that and listening to music which makes sense. It’s a 24 carat diamond one because, it’s not just any old Trephine. This one’s special, it cuts right to the heart of the matter. As far as we know, a 24 Carat Diamond Trephine is the only reliable Trephine for evil spirit excavation, these days.

Avalanche Party by Jason Ferdinando

To promote your debut, the band released three singles in span of four months: “7”, “El Dorado” and “Rebel Forever”. They are completely different from each other: “7” is two minute cacophony of noise, “El Dorado is an experimental ballad of 6 minutes and “Rebel Forever” is quite a catchy, mainstream, radio-friendly track. The upcoming album seems to be very varied in terms of genres and song length. What can we expect from it? Was it a conscious decision to make it as variable as possible?

Jordan Bell: Well yeah it is, we’ll give you that one. We made a conscious decision to attempt as many different genres as possible, because Kane’s uncle, Simon said, we need to try and be like a band that appeals to a massive audience. Like Swedish House Mafia or Catfish & The Shottybottlemen. We went away and thought about it for a bit. Next time we saw him, he said, “Well? Who have you chosen with a massive audience in a particular musical genre that you can be like? Preferably a genre with a long musical history, so you can appeal to the mams and dads and grandies, too?” “Yes”, we said. “Who is it? Miley Cirrhosis? Post Maloon?” “Both”, we said. He nearly fell off his whippet.

Buy it and see.

Avalanche Party always had incredible videos – cinematic, pop culture inspired with complicated, sometimes brutal storylines. The video to “7” shows what only can be described as some sort of illegal experiment, “El Dorado” takes the viewer to America for a mini road movie where nothing really happens and “Rebel Forever” is a dream-like, kaleidoscopic drug-induced nightmare. How important is the visual side of storytelling for you? Are you going to use the videos on tour in some way?

Jordan Bell: “El Dorado” is actually a live video we shot at our last gig in Birmingham! (laughing)

Let’s stick to the videos for a while longer – Bobby Bentham, lead singer of Strange Bones and your personal friend, plays the subject of the experiment in “7”. How do you recall working with him on the set? We have to say he’s terrifyingly convincing.

Jordan Bell: Bobby was perfect for the role given he is THE method acting champion of the world. It was a very, very nice afternoon requiring very little direction or instruction, which began with him floating east by the medium of transpennine express and peaked with me serving him watermelons through the air to flamboyantly slice with a samurai sword in slow motion. He fucking nailed it. And the knife throwing. His gran was in the Yakuza for a bit, so he picked up some stuff. When the zombie apocalypse comes, he’ll be fine. In fact, I’m moving into his house. He’s a great friend and Strange Bones are the fucking dons. He taught me how to swim, but that’s another story.

Jordan Bell live, picture by Jason Ferdinand

Few days ago, the band announced that NHS professionals have a free entry to your gigs on this tour. That’s a very generous way of supporting the National Health Service. Is this your way of protesting against the cuts and showing the solidarity with the workers?

Jordan Bell: It’s a nice thing to do for people, who give a lot, working insane hours and dealing with insane shit for fuck all. The harrowing stuff they have to see and do on a daily basis is truly incredible and they have saved the lives of many, many people near and close to us all.

2019 was a breakthrough year for the band. First SXSW and American festivals, then a session for legendary radio station KEXP for The International Clash Day in London. You recently returned to US to play more gigs. And you are about to embark on a 19 dates long national tour. It must be both incredibly exciting time, but also a challenging one.

Jordan Bell: Big up KEXP. Yeah, but we can see the progression in our music and in ourselves and it’s easy to keep going. It feels far more exciting than challenging. And as our tour manager, Jimmy Mac says – you can sleep when you’re dead! Or in his case, whenever he hits the nice straight bit going past that house in the middle of the M62.

After the UK tour is done and a well deserved Christmas break, can we expect an EU tour in the spring of 2020?

Jordan Bell: No, Brexit means Breakfast (laughing). Joke, it’s a joke! Yeah, we’re going back to the mainland, maybe even sooner than spring. We always have a great time over there and it feels like it’s been too long since we last went, so lets see which way the wind blows.

Debut album – track list

The famous last question – trips to US, especially to SXSW are known to be culinary adventurous. We heard stories of the UK bands being hospitalized after trying the nuclear hot Austin sauce or having margaritas for every meal. What was your diet like at the conference? 

Jordan Bell: I ate great. Have you seen the size of the carrots over there? Superb. I survived for 3 days on just one single Carrot. Apart from that, I can see why people could struggle but personally – absolutely no problems.  Our friends in Trail Of Dead took us for the full Austin BBQ experience, our hosts made amazing blueberry pancakes, showed us Cookie Dough and made great egg foo young. And at the festival, we grabbed everything free & edible that wasn’t nailed to Lady Gaga!

Follow Avalanche Party on their socials:
https://www.avalancheparty.com/
https://www.facebook.com/AvalancheParty
https://twitter.com/avalanche_party
https://www.instagram.com/avalancheparty/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVQHS8es36atxJMBqh8jAlQ

 

And while we are waiting for the debut album, the band released a fourth single to a song called “Howl”. You can watch the AP guys perform in some sort of distorted version of “Top of the Pops” below:

“24 Carat Diamond Trephine” is released in three days time, but several influential websites, zines and blogs already listened to it and gave it fantastic reviews. We have gathered several of them for your reading pleasure:

24 Carat Diamond Trephine is an eleven track joyride that veers from the poetic and introspective to a ferocious barrage of explosive energy. Brimming with their infamous live urgency, it’s a masterfully curated album that ranges from full-throttle sonic assault (7, HAHA) to refrained moments of cool clarity to catch your breath (Hey Misdemeanour, Every Last Drop). The legendary James Aparicio (Grinderman, Spiritualized) was the man tasked with taming the beast and it’s a production that does no such thing. It’s an album barely contained, constantly teetering on the edge of insanity but is completely alluring throughout.

24 Carat Diamond Trephine is undoubtedly a fist-raising crowd pleaser, but like contemporaries Fat White Family, Viagra Boys or The Blinders, they’ve used it as an opportunity to enforce their own birds-eye view of the world. They tackle hefty themes of anger and fear, the capitalist machine that drives us ever closer to the great flaming End, cloak-and-dagger corporate greed, the environment, lyrics of love, death and an individual’s walk through a world they were spat into, laughing as they go” – Rough Trade Magazine
https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/avalanche-party/24-carat-diamond-trephine/

“‘24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is an album of transformation, just as the process that turns leaves to coal, and coal to diamonds. ‘Cruel Madness’ is less At The Drive-In, more The Mars Volta and the kind of theatrical rock the likes of Alex Turner and Muse might favour, the ‘new day, new dawn’ lyric a blatant burn but also a statement of the company this band now sees itself in. Closer, ‘Rebel Forever’ is an instant classic revisiting ‘Howl’’s giddy and unexpected high points and reprising the ‘El Dorado’ theme in the lyrics; and with just enough Psycho Killer energy that should see it become a restless reference point for the band; a moment in time, a place, a memory…” – Steve Spithray for God is in the TV Zine
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/11/18/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine-so-knee-records/

“There’s so much to explore on this album and it’s likely to take a few listens before it starts to really blossom into its true form. But there’s no escaping this is an extremely impressive and ambitious debut that aside from a few nods to influences is unlike anything else out there. The band have managed to showcase their genre-bending best and sewn it all together to create a Frankenstein’s monster of an album that’s indicative of their terrifying potential” –  Richard Cobb for Little Indie Blog
http://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/11/album-review-avalanche-party-24-carat.html

“My favourite track at the moment is ‘Howl’ the current single. It is a very Bowieesque slab of prime heavy riff-laden early 70s rock with a gospel-style chorus. If you are not moved to dance to ‘Howl’ then you might well be clinically dead! This is possibly the finest song that the band have released so far. It is also accompanied by a fabulous video which features a cameo appearance on tambourine from the multi-talented Charlie Swainston! The track which proves how great a band Avalanche Party is is the psychedelic rock circus that is ‘Milk And Sunlight Is A Heavy Dream’. Vocals, backing vocals, keys, bass, guitars, and drums all align perfectly and the chorus will not let you go. James Aparicio has captured the essence of what makes Avalanche Party such a great live band in his production. From the massed Panzer Tank Division sonic assault of ‘HA HA’ to the deeply mellow buzz of ‘Hey Misdemeanour’ the former Grinderman and Spiritualized producer does not put a foot or a fader wrong. I can already picture a crowd incursion from Jordan during ‘Playing Field Blues’ using his rock star evil stare to hypnotise his audience into becoming Avalanche Party‘s helpless mosh puppets. It redefines heavy, scuzzy garage blues into something very 21st Century. I never thought that I would see myself finding a U2 influence from Avalanche Party, but ‘Every Last Drop’ is the kind of song that Bono would kill to have written. I can see the lighters and lit up mobile phone screens waving in the air at festivals to accompany this gorgeous modern, dirty power ballad. Dark menace runs through the veins of ‘Cruel Madness’ and draws you into a dark, descent of a dream to a world that might be populated by all your fears and phobias. The album closes with ‘Rebel Forever’ which opens and is underpinned with a warped fairground organ riff which gives the tune a Cockney Rebel feel and in many ways sums up Avalanche Party. They are rebels and I hope they will remain rebellious forever!” – With Just A Mint of Mayhem Blog
https://withjustahintofmayhem.blog/tag/avalanche-party/

“The two most important things to know about Avalanche Party are they write life affirming songs that give you faith guitar music. What’s more they’re hungry and have ideas. ‘24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is chocked full of both of these. It’s an album that was worth the five year wait as it finally delivers on Avalanche Party’s initial unruly promise of writing a heartfelt vitriolic lament while trying to cave our heads in through viscous indie rock, whilst doubling down on killer melodies” – Nick Roseblade for Clash Magazine
https://www.clashmusic.com/reviews/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine

“Most bands are at their best on their first album and spend the rest of their careers trying to reach the same dizzy heights. If this is Avalanche Party’s piece de resistance, then so be it. Its early days, but I feel whatever they do in the future, this will be go down in history as their ‘In Utero’, their very own ‘The Holy Bible’. ’24 Carat Diamond Trephine’ is Avalanche Party’s defining moment, and one of the best debut album of the year.” – Ben Hughes for RPM Online http://rpmonline.co.uk/2019/11/27/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine-so-knee-records/

“The wild record is a possessive trip that spits as you as it scuttles past. It’s disgusting but in all the right ways and mirrors a similar disturbance to contemporaries such as Fat White Family and Viagra Boys. Not many bands can capture their live excitement in an album- especially in a debut- however, Avalanche Party have perfectly crafted their unique sound at an early stage and have created something outstanding. Let the Avalanche Party magic bring you along on its hectic ride” – Jasmine Hodge for Jasmine Hodge Reviews
http://jasminehodge.blogspot.com/2019/11/avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond.html

“Welcome the immersive 24 Carat Diamond Trephine, one of the strongest pieces of artwork 2019 has been lucky enough to be graced with. Sharply corrosive, and harrowingly bleak, Avalanche Party’s debut album is a haunting and melodic mix of heavy edged punk, fuzzy psych rock, and shimmery euphoria, and the band have truly excelled themselves, mashing their heavy punk presence with something so stark and chilling that the album conjures up eclectic and dispersed emotions from the very start” – Sahera Walker for Indie Underground Blog
https://indieunderground.blog/2019/11/21/a-hauntingly-harrowing-and-stunning-debut-from-avalanche-party-24-carat-diamond-trephine/

 

We cannot wait to see AP in Birmingham this Saturday.

Support your scene kids!

Malicia and Rita