All aboard for the Indietracks preview – all stops to indiepop, cutecore and lo-fi.
Or in other words, we take a look at who’s worth catching at Derbyshire’s Indietracks festival this weekend (6-8 July 2012).
This Many Boyfriends
In the music of This Many Boyfriends you get no messing garage rock laced with the influences of The Smiths, Orange Juice and the Stone Roses amongst others. Check them out on the Indoor Stage on Sunday.
Specialising in 2-minute-long no nonsense but luscious-sounding pop songs Tender Trap have an impressive pedigree taking in Talulah Gosh, Heavenly and Marine Research. You can see them mid-afternoon Saturday on the Outdoor Stage.
The Monochrome Set
With whimsical, often wry tongue-in-cheek lyrics The Monochrome Set push out garage rock with a hefty dose of fun. They’re headlining the indoor stage on Sunday.
The Hobbes Fanclub
Sepia-tinted indie pop; lo-fi reverb vocals, a background fuzz and a warm riff pulling it all together. The Hobbes Fanclub serve the beat of Britpop with a shoegaze mixer. You can catch them on the church stage on Sunday afternoon.
Getting heavy rotation on BBC 6 Music over the last few months with single My Heart Beats, Veronica Falls will be headlining the outdoor stage on Saturday night. Their brand of pure pop mixes shades of grey melancholia with sing-a-long choruses, soaring harmonies and jangling guitar-fuelled indie rock.
Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern
Described as anÃÂ Anglicized Lambchop Darren Hayman and the Secondary Modern are a folk-rock orchestra led by the prolific songwriter and much-loved singer of the now departed Hefner. With a new album due out in September Darren is headlining on the opening night of the festival.
Citing Felt and Josef K amongst their influences Belfast band Girls Names make reverb-soaked noise pop. Catch them on the outdoor stage mid-evening on Sunday just before…
The June Brides
The original members of this pioneering indie band from the early ’80s have reformed to perform old and new material at this year’s festival. This is elegant indiepop with the unusual addition of brass and strings, one of the founding bands around which the UK indie scene exploded.ÃÂ Mid evening, Sunday, Outdoor Stage.
Kurt Cobain said they were his “most favourite songwriters in the whole wide world” and Nirvana even covered a couple of their tracks. The Glasgow duo actually split up the week their first album was released in 1989 but reformed a few years ago and release second album Sex with an X in 2010. Catch them headlining the Outdoor Stage on Sunday night.
Chrystalline vocals singing the sweetest of words, songs which transport you directly into the places and times they’re about and purr with heartbreaking melodies. Comparisons to Camera Obscura, Isobell Campbell or old band mates Tender Trap abound but Allo Darlin’ make the vast but intimate soundscapes they create completely their own. They will be on the Outdoor Stage on Sunday evening.
14 Iced Bears
Noise pop with a psychedelic edge. Catch them early Sunday afternoon on the Outdoor Stage.
Producing highly danceable indie pop the Tigercats trio take their influences from Hefner and Orange Juice while finding themselves compared to Los Campesinos! They play the indoor stage, early evening on Saturday.
There is plenty more on the bill and as well as the bands there will be the usual mix of workshops, train rides and real ales. Tickets are still available if you fancy pulling on your wellies and soaking in the cutecore.
Photo credit: Bob Stuart www.underexposed.org.uk