september, 2023

Swansea Sound plus I am Her and Candystripe at The Piper (free but reserve a ticket anyway!)

The PiperFeaturedCompleted29sep8:00 pm11:00 pmSwansea Sound plus I am Her and Candystripe at The Piper (free but reserve a ticket anyway!)... political indie pop-punkEvent Type Live music


(Friday) 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm(GMT+00:00)

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Swansea Sound are an indie pop supergroup featuring Members / ex. Members of Talulah Gosh, Heavenly, Pooh Sticks, Wreckless Eric, Death in Vegas, and the Catenary Wires

Swansea Sound: a band that came into being during lockdown and decided that fast, loud, political indie pop-punk was the answer to being stuck indoors. Who needs introspection?

Hue Williams is reunited with Pooh Sticks singing partner Amelia Fletcher (ex- Talulah Gosh, Heavenly). Rob Pursey (also ex-Heavenly) and Ian Button (Wreckless Eric’s live collaborator, ex-Death In Vegas) provide the noise. Fletcher, Pursey, and Button also perform in The Catenary Wires (and released album Birling Gap this past June).

Swansea Sound are the funny, angry, gleeful and savage past, present and future of indie.

On their recent second album, TWENTIETH CENTURY, Swansea Sound present a set of songs as infectious as anything from their previous incarnations. The raw energy of Hue’s old band The Pooh Sticks is still there; the indiepop sugar rush of Amelia’s Heavenly is still as sweet as ever. But these songs are laced with venom and sardonic wit. Swansea Sound have visited this terrain before: their catchy debut single ‘Corporate Indie Band’ was a sly tribute to a music scene that had lost all its authenticity, with its bands in hock to social media managers: corporate puppets play-acting at independence. In ‘Twentieth Century’, Swansea Sound take it a lot further, having a good look at the heroes of their youth – the fabled eras of rock, punk, post-punk, electro futurism – and considering whether the prophets that emerged from those scenes were of any use whatsoever.

Their debut album Live at the Rum Puncheon was released on November 19th 2022 on vinyl/CD/cassette/digital only – no streaming.


I am Her

I am HER is Julie Riley, formerly of 90s cult band Rosa Mota (and since then 1 half of Crown Estate). Riley started out with a solo project which then paired up with drummer Jeff Townsin (Submarine, Madam, Sophia) to create ‘Herstory’ – an album of alt/punk stories peppered with some contrasting contemplative moments ada touch of pop. ‘Riley is at her intense and punky best when she sounds like PJ Harvey, as on the dark, gothic waltz “Debby Brown” ‘. – Uncut Magazine

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