Here is the rundown of the bands playing the opening night of NYC Popfest! In case you’re not familiar, we’ve included MP3s for you to download.
Venue: Cake Shop
Tickets: $ 12 ADVANCED / $15 DAY OF SHOW
PET MILK (PA)
Pet Milk is a pop band from Philadelphia formed in early 2010, proponents of punklife and kitchen-sink romance. The band also features Herbie Shellenberger from Philly pop band Brown Recluse.
Download “Cherry Outline” (MP3)
Manchester based indie pop band who appeared on the reknowned “Kids At The Club” Indiepop compilation from How Does It Feel To Be Loved Records in 2006, and followed it in 2007 with their first full release, the “Arts & Crafts” e.p on the Peruvian label, Plastilina Records. They play short, sharp bursts of summery jangle pop. This will be their first US show.
Download “You’ve Changed, Baby Girl” (MP3)
Gold-Bears formed in 2010 when Jeremy Underwood recruited a few friends to play songs he’d stockpiled since the demise of his former band, Plastic Mastery (555 Recordings/Magic Marker Records). The band quickly released a smashing 7” on Magic Marker Records, recalling the immediacy and urgency of Boyracer or The Wedding Present melding with the pop sensibilities of Slumberland contemporaries like Summer Cats and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. They expanded their sound a bit on their next release ( a 4-song 7” on Miami-based indie pop imprint Cloudberry Records) by stripping away some of the fuzz on one song and adding drone elements a la the Microphones to another while still maintaining their indie punk roots. The band will have new music coming soon through Slumberland Records.
Download “Something To Think About” (MP3)
SEA LIONS (CA)
Sea Lions is a garage pop band from Oxnard, California. Once a one man band run by Adrian Pillado, Sea Lions came together in 2008 as a full group; however, It wasn’t until 2009 did they release there debut 7″ on yay! records. Following this release, was a split 12″ on the same label, as well as a number of cassette releases off of numerous tape labels. Sea Lions recently were added to the roster of veteran pop label, Slumberland Records, and are currently recording they’re debut LP, which is set to be out by the end of the year.
Downlaod “All Right” (MP3)
DREAM DIARY (NYC)
New York City-based dream pop outfit Dream Diary formed in 2009 around the talents of Jacob Danish Sloan, Madison Farmer, and Alexander Iezzi. The Brooklyn trio’s melodic blend of retro shoegaze, twee pop, and indie rock owes as much to veteran romancers like the Smiths and the Pastels as it does more recent acts like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart and Frightened Rabbit. The band unleashed its first collection of breezy, self-described “cardigan rock,” You Are the Beat, in 2011 on Kanine Records.
Download “Is He Really Mine?” (MP3)