Popular Workshop, The French Quarter, Heck - Pre Swn Showdown@ Cardiff Buffalo- 11/11/08

Bill Cummings 03/11/2008

www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk presents a pre SWN party showdown:

11 Windsor Place [off Queen St]
Doors: 7.30pm
Price 5


Three young turks from London Popular Workshop recently released their Steve Albini(Nirvana, Pixies, P J Harvey) produced debut album "WE'RE ALIVE AND WE'RE NOT ALONE" through This Is Fake DIY on October the 6th. Garnering some impressive words from members of the press(below), who have compared them to the likes of Bloc Party, The Pixies, Frank Turner and The Strokes.The band bring their angular art disco chaos to Cardiff to a special pre SWN party show at Cardiff's Buffalo bar.

NME: "Three-pronged indie-pop masterminds. Sounds like Graham Coxon armed with fresh socks and power-tools"

Artrocker Magazine: "The musical equivalent of falling off a cliff, they are sharp, abrasive and uncomfortable; but by fuck have they got some magnificent songs - both fractured and beautiful."


Tillcountry's The French Quarter, self released 7 track EP this September. Recording with Andy Miller (Mogwai, Delgados)they produce a brooding progressive sound that takes in elements of Scottish band's like Mogwai and Arab Strap, and dark new wave architects like Clinic, Interpol and the National. Stopping off to peform in Cardiff as part of their seven date November tour of Wales and England.Bands they have played with recently include, The Twilight Sad, Glissando, Vessels...

"Haunting like no band around, 5/5" John Earls, Planet Sound, Teletext
'A wonderfully hopeful uplifting band' - The Organ Magazine


Opening the show are delectable Cardiff noise punkers Heck, featuring ex members of Sammo Hung, Mo-ho-bish-opi and Shooting At Unarmed Men.

"The impressive skewed pop of Heck was on as part of Bethan Elfyn's Radio 1 Introducing and they're a serious propostion for Welsh indie. Although defiantly lo-fi, their sound was chunky and satisfying in Clwb Ifor Bach's upstairs room. Frontwoman Jemma Roper stalked the stage, and her much taller bandmates faded into the background." BBC Wales Review