Free things are good. For instance – Fresher’s Week is now (or last week, depending on who you listen to). What’s the only good thing about Fresher’s Week? Is it the endless parades of 18 year old lads treating your town as though it’s Malia? Is it the packed, overpriced nightclubs? Let’s not pretend – the only reason Fresher’s week is any good is because of the Fresher’s Fayre. Fair enough, there is a lot of tat that comes with it and you’ll get more bottle openers and terrible promo posters than you’ll know what to do with, but there’s also the outside chance of free slices of Domino’s Pizza and lots of free sweets.
Anyway, it is this love of free stuff that has lead me to feel terrible about Stricken City. a few months ago, they were supporting Maximo Park and Noisettes and needed some street teamers. I offered myself up – and ended up going to a party instead. The great shame wasn’t that I’d missed a freebie – it’s that I’d missed Stricken City themselves perform. Since hearing Tak o Tak on 120 minutes a year or so ago, the band have been on the up and up, which is unsuprising if you’ve actually listened to them. Their sound is poppy and exciting – best compared to Portions for Foxes era Rilo Kiley at times, which is never a bad thing.
The band are releasing their first debut mini-album, Songs about People I Know, on October 12th and are having a launch party/mini tour to celebrate. They’re playing Manchester, but I doubt they’d let me street team again. Anyway, if you’re a fan of Sky Larkin or you’d say upbeat indie pop is your thing, then Stricken City are for you. And by indie pop, I mean the pre-2000’s definition of indie, not the NME, Conor McNicholas, Lad-Rock definition of it. Stricken City are miles better than all that rubbish:
Oh, and if you sign up to their mailing list they’ll give you a bonus song. Sign up at their website here.
2nd October // UK // London
Instore @ Puregroove Records, 6-7 West Smithfield EC1A 9JX
With special guest bands and DJs to be announced
Onstage 8pm, free entry!
8th October // UK // London
The Flowerpot, 147 Kentish Town Road NW1 8PB
Onstage 9.30pm, free entry!
10th October // UK // Oxford
OX4 with The Big Pink and others
Wristbands for multiple venues only £15 from We Got Tickets
11th October // UK // Nottingham
Freshers Party @ Bodega with Wave Machines and others
Tickets £6 from Gigantic
12th October // UK // Hull
£4 on the door
13th October // UK // Liverpool
Tickets £5 at Ticketweb
14th October // UK // Glasgow
Tickets £5 from Ticketweb
16th October // UK // Edinburgh
Tickets £5 from Ticketweb
17th October // UK // Manchester
Tickets £5 from See Tickets
20th – 24th October // USA!!! // New York New York
CMJ Music Marathon 2009
24th – Bowery Ballroom with Rain Machine (Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio)
29th October // UK // London
5MM Live @ The Vibe Bar
Entry only £1