Hello there Indietrackers! It’s that time of year again – the shops are starting to stock Christmas goodies, you’re daydreaming about gift wish-lists, winter coats are demanding to be worn and – most importantly – it’s time for us to announce the bands playing this year’s Christmas Twee event! (Saturday 6th December, 2008). We know you’ve all been eagerly waiting to see which top indie-poppers will be tickling your festive fancy this year and now (fanfare here please) we can finally announce that the headliners will be God-like C86 legends Mighty Mighty. We’re doubly excited about this over at Indietracks Towers because this is the first gig the band have announced since their split in the late 1980s – and on a steam train too!
Mighty Mighty were formed in the early 1980s by Mick Geoghegan and Hugh Harkin out of their shared love of soul music, Postcard Records, The Velvet Underground and Socialist Worker Party politics. Birmingham-based, they built up a small but devoted following playing local venues and came to prominence when featured on the NME’s C86 compilation, and at around the same time they released their debut single “Everybody Knows The Monkey”. This was soon followed by a 12″ single – “Is There Anyone Out There?” – before the band signed to Chapter 22 Records, releasing a string of well-received singles and the album “Sharks” in 1988. Continuing interest in the band then saw the reissue of “Sharks” in 2000 and the release of a compilation of BBC session tracks in 2001, which seems far too long ago for us, so we just can’t wait to see them play all our favourite songs at our favourite ever railway site!
Mighty Mighty will also be joined by former June Brides singer and founder Phil Wilson. Phil has been playing a number of gigs across the country this year with bands such as Pocketbooks and MJ Hibbett, all of which have been fantastically received. We loved his “Industrial Strength” EP released in August this year, and we’re looking forward to seeing him in action on the fabulously retro Butterley platform. Phil is the founder of indiepop gods The June Brides, formed in London in 1983. Also influenced by Postcard-label bands, their mix of guitar pop with viola and trumpet formed a blueprint for many of the C86 bands that would follow. In 1986 they opened for The Smiths on their Irish tour dates and were honoured in 2006 by tribute album “Still Unravished”, which featured covers by bands such as Manic Street Preachers and the Television Personalities.
The third band to join the bill are Derby popsters Mascot Fight. This four-piece indiepop/ alternative band formed in 2004 and have released one EP so far, If Cooks Could Kill. The band have received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC6 Music, and an album called Pantomime Hearse is planned for late 2008/early 2009.
And, of course, Christmas Twee wouldn’t be Christmas Twee without some bopping along on the disco carriage and railway platform. We’re just finalising details of our DJs, but we’ll be revealing disco details very soon!
Sooo….that’s your lot for now pop kids but we’ll be back soon with details of the timetable and Secret Santa CD swap, as well as interviews with the bands and much more besides! Don’t forget, Christmas Twee takes place on Saturday 6th December 2008 at Butterley Station in Derbyshire, between 6.30pm and midnight.