Here is the rundown of the bands playing the 2nd night of NYC Popfest! In case you’re not familiar, we’ve included MP3s for you to download.
Venue: Cameo Gallery
Tickets: $ 12 ADVANCED / $15 DAY OF SHOW
8:00 SODA SHOP (NYC)
Soda Shop is the merging of Drew Diver (Horse Shoes) and Maria Usbeck (Selebrities), a boy and a girl who met by fate at an Embassy concert at NYC Popfes. The Embassy, whom heavily influenced both Drew and Maria’s other acts, brought together a new duo. Though this time, leaving the drum machines and synthesizers behind for a hollow-body guitar and tambourine. Having an obsession with perfection and nostalgia. The simple, classic pop song structure, which houses reverberating melodies under dreamy vocals, remind oneself of better times, when Coca-Cola was only twenty-five cents, the only DJ was a jukebox and all you had to worry about was who you were taking to the prom. They will make their debut live performance at NYC Popfest 2011.
Download “Farewell” (MP3)
8:45 CAUCUS (JAPAN)
Caucus is an indie-pop band based in Tokyo, Japan, inspired by The Wannadies, Sonic Youth and of course, The Flippers Guitar. Friendships and happiness gather in their songs, with plenty of shoegaze-inspired feedback. Caucus has been supporting numerous bands in Tokyo; such as The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Depreciation Guild, Ulrich Schnauss, and Chapterhouse to name a few. Their first appearance in NYC will be at the 2011 NYC Popfest, and their first 7″ for US release comes out on Cloudberry Records in May.
Download “Wandering Ones” (MP3)
9:30 THE FELT TIPS (UK)
The Felt Tips began to form in late 2005 when Miguel arrived in Glasgow from Spain hoping to start a band and replied to Andrew’s 18 month old ad for band members. Andrew’s childhood friend Neil couldn’t believe his ears and wanted in. The quartet was completed in 2008 with the arrival of Kevin ‘Hug’ Carroll on drums. The band played in and around Glasgow for a while and released 3 singles on indiepop labels Cloudberry and Weepop. More recently, the band released their Scottish Arts Council funded album, Living and Growing, on Plastilina Records. The Felt Tips play melodic indiepop songs about your life – like that time you fumbled around with a condom in your darkened bedroom while trying to keep the mood alive – well The Felt Tips were there watching you.
Download “Garden of Roses” (MP3)
10:15 BETTY AND THE WEREWOLVES (UK)
Betty and the Werewolves whoop and howl through the night as their sweetly sung melodies collide with glitter-struck punk guitars. Taking inspiration from luminary lycanthropes Virginia Woolf and Grandma Wolf, they sing ditties about falling in love with David Cassidy and strange encounters on night buses, shouting all the while and scuffing up their party shoes.
Download “Should I Go To Glasgow?” (MP3)
11:00 GO SAILOR (US)
Go Sailor was a short-lived Berkeley based twee pop band. Its members included Rose Melberg of Tiger Trap and The Softies (guitar, vocals), Paul Curran of Crimpshrine (bass) and Amy Linton of Henry’s Dress (drums). They recorded three 7” singles and a full-length CD on Lookout! Records in 1996, the latter of which collected the singles tracks and two compilation appearances. After their breakup their songs “Ray of Sunshine” and “Together Forever in Love” were included on the soundtrack to the movie But I’m a Cheerleader.
Download “Last Year” (MP3)
12:00AM – 4AM MONDO INDIE DANCE PARTY (NYC)
[FREE FOR TICKETHOLDERS]