Here’s a list of the artists playing at Indietracks in 2015, with biographies further down the page. We’ll announce the exact days and stages nearer the time.
The Go! Team │ Cinerama │ Martha │ Tigercats │ Euros Childs
Desperate Journalist │ The Catenary Wires │ Mammoth Penguins
The School │ Bunnygrunt │ Los Bonsáis │ Fire Island Pines │ The Tuts
Eureka California │ JUNK. │ The Fireworks │ The Leaf Library
Plus lots more bands to be announced!
We’ll have around 50 bands playing over the weekend, plus discos, workshops, steam train rides, real ale, owls, street foods and other steam railway attractions.
The Friday evening (24 July) will run from 5pm to midnight, with three bands and a disco. On Saturday (25 July) and Sunday (26 July) the event will run from midday to midnight.
Artist Biographies (A-Z)
Los Bonsáis is a noise pop duo from north Spain, signed to the legendary Elefant Records label. They combine the electricity of My Bloody Valentine, the primitivism of Beat Happenning, and the instant shake-you-up of The Vaselines. This year they’ll be releasing a mini-lp with ten songs called ‘Nordeste’ and their previous shows include Madrid Popfest, Lemon Pop 2013 and Wales Goes Pop.
Bunnygrunt are an American indie punk / pop band from St. Louis, Missouri composed of guitarist/vocalist Matt Harnish and drummer/vocalist Karen Ried. Over their initial five year run, the St Louis band toured the entire USA a half-dozen times, released two great albums, a million singles & compilation tracks, and then blew out in a blaze of glory with a whirlwind tour of Japan. They appeared on the Billy Bob Thornton movie ‘Bad Santa’ and later reformed for Athens Popfest. They’re planning to release their next album ‘Vol 4’ this summer.
The Catenary Wires were formed in 2014 when Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Tender Trap) moved out of London. Their songs are quiet and (mostly) sad. They will start recording an LP later this year, and in the meantime have been playing shows around the UK and even performing with The Primitives in Tokyo.
Cinerama is the celebrated orchestral/pop project of The Wedding Present’s frontman, David Gedge. A fittingly titled outfit, Cinerama indulge Gedge’s love of film music from John Barry to Ennio Morricone… via Blaxploitation and The Ventures! Together with his then-girlfriend Sally Murrell and Wedding Present co-writer Simon Cleave. Cinerama have recorded three stunning studio albums, ‘Va Va Voom’, ‘Disco Volante’ and ‘Torino’. In 2015, Cinerama are returning to release an intricate and sparkling reworked version of the Wedding Present album ‘Valentina’.
Desperate Journalist are a North London quartet who’ve been causing ruffles with their ‘Cristina’ single and hectic live shows which blend gothic sensibilities with post-punk machinations. Beneath the deadpan panda-eyed exterior there is something fantastically uncontrived about their fervent hollerings, encapsulated in their eponymous debut album, released in January 2015.
Eureka California is Jake Ward and Marie A. Uhler from Athens, Georgia. The band tells stories of a society in decline, of dysfunctional citizens awash in their unsatisfied desires. They make yearning, echo beach nuggets pop that tells stories of life in their southern college town. Their most recent album, ‘Crunch’ (Happy Happy Birthday To Me) was released in May 2014.
Euros is a solo artist hailing from Pembrokeshire, Wales, and has released 10 studio albums to date. He also fronted psychedelic Welsh band Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci from 1991 until their demise in 2004. Euros is a keen collaborator, having released albums as Jonny with Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake, and as Cousins with former Race Horses singer Meilyr Jones in 2012. When asked what kind of music he plays by taxi drivers or distant relatives Euros replies ”It’s pop music with a bit of folk music thrown in, sometimes synthesizers are used, sometimes pianos or guitars. But it’s always rock n roll”.
Taking their name from New York’s infamous holiday spot, the Fire Island Pines are a band that hails from far less glitzy origins. Six suburbanites from inland Cornwall who’ve never quite known what they’re doing. Their debut album “True Grit” was released through Firestation Records in the summer of 2014 after a string of EPs stemming from an early song being featured on an Art is Hard compilation back in 2011.
The Fireworks play simple catchy songs with blistering qualls of feedback, sharp chiming guitars, rambunctious drums and bass, and Matthew and Emma’s perfectly matched vocals. After three brilliant singles for Shelflife Records including the extensively played Runaround, and their flexi version of the Girls At Our Best! classic Getting Nowhere Fast for Freakscene Records, they have now released their spectacular long-awaited debut album Switch Me On.
The Go! Team are returning with a new album this coming March, ‘The Scene Between’, and their first live shows since 2012. ‘The Scene Between’ is an album about singing – about pushing the melodic side of The Go! Team sound – an album driven by song writing because catchiness is the hardest thing you can do. Though the album was assembled as a solo project by band leader Ian Parton the six piece version of The Go! Team will be back in full effect live. We’re so excited that they’re bringing their show to Indietracks!
JUNK. are a scuzzy slacker-pop trio from York, UK. Eschewing technical ability in favour of short, jangly hooks, JUNK. blend male / female vocals à la The Pastels and The Vaselines, with the Big Muff moments of Dinosaur Jr. Having played together for just over a year, the band have fast developed their own brand of woozy, sun-glazed punk laced with bittersweet lyricism and fuzz-coated guitar melodies.
The Leaf Library make droney, two-chord pop that’s stuck halfway between the garage and the bedroom, wrapped in chiming guitar arpeggios and layers of bubbling synths and skipping loops. Channelling the warm fuzz of Yo La Tengo and Talk Talk’s spacious repetition they sing lyrical love songs to buildings, stationery and the weather. They are due to release their second album, ‘Daylight Versions’, this summer on WIAIWYA, the follow up to 2011’s ‘Different Activities, Similar Diversions’ (Proper Songs). A new single – ‘Walking Backwards’ – is also due out this year, via Kingfisher Bluez in Vancouver.
Mammoth Penguins are a three piece indie rock band based in Cambridge. Composed of members of other bands including Standard Fare, The Pony Collaboration and Puncture Repair Kit, they got together in spring 2013 and have since played gigs with, among others, Allo Darlin, The Tuts, The Wave Pictures, The Lovely Eggs and Mega Emotion. Mammoth Penguins are currently preparing their debut album for release this year.
Hailing from Pity Me near Durham, vegan straight-edge pop group Martha provide energetic, impassioned pop punk, informed by 90s indie rock and Scandinavian anarcho noir. Formed in 2011 by siblings Naomi (bass, vocals) and Nathan Griffin (drums, vocals) with J. Cairns (guitar, vocals) and Daniel Ellis (guitar, vocals), Martha have fast become a staple of the UK DIY pop scene. They released their debut album “Courting Strong” on Fortuna Pop! in May 2014.
The School are an 8-piece pop band from Cardiff on Elefant Records. Following albums ‘Loveless Unbeliever’ (2010) and ‘Reading Too Much Into Things Like Everything’ (2012), along with the recent picture disc ‘When I Fall In Love’ (WIAIWYA), their third album ‘Wasting Away and Wondering’ will be with us before the summer and promises to be full of sunshine pop, keyboard fuzz and Motown sounds. In the meantime, an EP 7″ is expected in early April featuring two tracks from the new album and two covers (Knickers and Carole King), called ‘All I Want From You Is Everything’.
East London’s Tigercats returned with their new album and first release for Fortuna POP! in February. Mysteries is a vividly emotional and sonically expansive album, blending the very best of indiepop with complex song structures, lush production and beautiful arrangements. The band have toured across Europe, playing at Primavera and appearing on Spanish TV, while back in the UK they’ve appeared at both Indietracks and End of the Road festivals. They’ve also toured in the USA and Canada, their last trip culminating in a headline appearance at NYC Popfest.
The Tuts are a feisty DIY all girl punk band from West London. They’ve toured the UK and Europe with Kate Nash, played The Leftfield stage at Glastonbury and toured the UK with The Selecter in February 2015. Their energetic, powerful live performance is not one to be missed.