FRIDAY 6th JANUARY: THE JUST JOANS + EXPERT ALTERATIONS + BILL BOTTING & THE TWO DRINK MINIMUMS
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
The Just Joans
Hailing from Motherwell via Glasgow and Edinburgh, The Just Joans play indie the way indie is meant to be played... incompetently and with a thick Scottish accent. Named after the legendary Scottish agony aunt, Joan Burnie, the band have been ploughing the same indie furrow for almost 10 years now. Despite this decade in the business, which has seen most of their contemporaries hone their skills and achieve some level of success, The Joans have remained true to their shambolic, lo-fi roots and have steadfastly refused to improve. Some say that this level of dedication to their art is honourable, even truly heroic. Others have said that they are just plain lazy. They will be playing all your favourite tracks including "Hey Boy, You're Oh So Sensitive", "What Do We Do Now?" and the anthemic (when performed by Allo Darlin') "If You Don't Pull". There will also be some newer tracks, which aren't as good, and perhaps even one or two surprises.
“The missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers.” (Is This Music?)
Expert Alterations are a jangle pop band from Baltimore, USA, founded in March of 2013 by Paul Krolian, Alan Everhart and Patrick Teal. Deadpan vocals mingle with sparkling, chiming guitars and an insistent rhythm borne out of the tenacious, nervous energy of The Fall. Expert Alterations’ influences range from the well-trod (TVPs, The Pastels, The Wedding Present) to roads less traveled (Yeah Yeah Noh, Close Lobsters) and they process them into songs that leave them poised to become the new standard-bearers of such whipsmart pop tunes, using the detailed map of their predecessors to chart a course to a musical utopia where sonic hooks are paramount and wry lyrics celebrated.
“A breathless rush of post-punk angularity, jittery indie pop songcraft, and stripped-down guitar-bass-drums-vocals punk energy.” (AllMusic)
Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Bill Botting is best known as the bass player from Allo Darlin with the encouraging face, or as one half of indie electro-wierdos Moustache of Insanity, Bill returned to playing his own music sometime in 2014. Although initially a solo act, the Two Drink Minimums is a swelling and contracting band featuring members of Owl and Mouse, Tigercats, Allo Darlin and The Wave Pictures. Sometimes quiet, sometimes loud, boozy with a country slant and an indie heart.
"A little bit of stripped down folk, but still adheres to a pop sensibility" (Austin Town Hall)
+ DJs Sandy and Karren (Stolen Wine Social Club)