Not quite sure how I stumbled across the Pains of being Pure at Heart – probably an obscure connection to a temporary flame. But I did last year and was pleased after three nifty indie pop albums to find them playing close by – first night of a short UK tour in advance of new album in July. So why not? And then…suddenly going to even a minor show, by a minor band, in a minor venue feels a tiny bit edgy? Defiant pose? Obviously not, the most dangerous thing I did all day was drive to work but It did feel like the tiniest gesture of solidarity with the light against the darkness.
Whatever. POBPAH are at the poppier end of indie guitars a jangling and we loved them last night – reminded me of the Delays (RIP) also rocking out a bit more than expected. Main man Kip very impressed to be playing in Bristol home of Sarah records (see below) and on a boat…aren’t they all? we all took to him very quickly – liked the way that he came off stage and rather than retiring for a well earned rest headed straight for the merch table.
A bit lightly attended but definitely music for girls and boys to dance to.
Support was the rather wonderful Night Flowers – dream pop with a very hyper guitarist.More please.
Quality rather than quantity
It made me think..
Sarah Records – one of my many music blind-spots – must be SME’s out there to recommend a route in & through?