Man – so much to tell you about… I have been away from the dear blog over the last couple of days, and there are all sorts I need to relay! True I’m sure the world won’t stop turning without the latest Alcopop update – but what good is anything without a little fizzy bottle of joy to moisten your tongue before the real important things kick off.
So anyway… Firstly the BSM 5-a-side tournament with which I shall do justice with a full on post as soon as I have a pic or two. Team PoP did well, very well, and decked in tremendous tie-dye (the likes of which the most elegantly bearded hippie would be jealous about) we romped to the semi finals, only narrowly crashing out to eventual winner Fear vs. Records – but more about that later….
In other news remember them rock n’ roll types This City, who released tres incredible 7″ single ‘We Move’ on Alcopop way back in September ’08… ? Well, we’ve known for about 6 months (shhh shhh) but it was made official a week or two ago that they’ve signed to the mighty Epitaph Records – which is awesome news for all, especially them – putting them in the same stable as Ghost of a Thousand, Thursday, New Found Glory et al!
Inexplicably we still have a few copies of the single hidden behind a wardrobe at Alcopop HQ – so for indie cool points galore (and before I relent and decide to sell them all on eBay), grab one from the shop…. 75p UK postage whatever you pay, be it 1 or 1,000 items.
More news a coming in more blog posts… *phew*
Oh how we love the Alcopop family – myself and Kev stood like proud parents, (in matching crocodile T-Shirts no doubt) gazing out at awesome bands we’ve been involved with ripping around the country doing brilliant things, and causing hearts to leap for joy on a nightly basis! A small bubblegum tear – I shan’t lie to you – is shed, with every CD, T-Shirt or positive email dispatched.
But as is the lot of an indie that there are also that lusty bunch who come on by, spend a passionate few months (or more) between the Alcopop sheets, enjoy a lusty rendezvous – and sadly must move on, nevertheless leaving both parties with fond smiles, happy memories and more than an occasional wave over the parapet.
One of these is This City, who although I can say nothing about for fear of pre-empting any announcement or exciting news, have recently flown off to Seattle to record an album (you can bet no budget of Alcopop’s would facilitate that ) and will soon be launching something rather exciting on this lucky public of ours. More details when they’re official, but you should definitely look out for the former Alcopop types in the upcoming months.
Meanwhile, the single ‘We Move’ is being taken off’ve iTunes in the next week or two (so get it quick if you want it), and would you believe – we actually have a few copies of their single on Alcopop still sitting around my bedroom. There’s not a lot – but if you want a piece of the action now, before the eBay hunters get involved, do pop on by our shop.
So I’m back in the country, and after a lazy morning in bed, it’s time to take a few minutes to listen to some of the demos that were a piled upon the mat after Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere (I do listen to them all you know, even if it does take a while).
There’s some really nice stuff thus far (amongst the usual crap), and I have to say – one of the things that delights me about running a small label is when you get something in that’s either exquisitely packaged, or comes with a personally intended hand-written note. You know, something that really excites the eyes. Much better indeed than the band I’ve just slipped in who have provided me with a blank CD of their stuff – nice work chaps!
Unfortunately I ought to keep this post brief, as I have a to-do list the length of the usual Sam Isaac tour date list, but I shouldn’t leave without a quick mention of This City – who have ditched rainy Brighton in favour of Seattle to record their album, and are blogging about it – which is nice. So far updates about drunken scooter races, Minus the Bear and borrowing a glutful of gear from Gibson make me not only want to read it, but be there an’ all.
You can read all about it, and send your love over here…
Fearne Cotton’s a dreamboat! Definitely the kind of girl we’d invite to the Alcopop staff Christmas party (so long as she got the first round in) and no doubt the kind who’d be up for a damn fine evening out, maybe taking in a sweaty gig followed by a kebab/fried chicken in the rain, before stumbling to some dodgy offy where we’d purchase insanely expensive cans of Tusker Kenyan lager. Would there be a fleeting/awkward kiss? Yeah probably, but I’m sure we could move beyond that.
So basically, what I’m saying is that she’d always be welcome at the Alcopop HQ – even more so now after having been snapped wearing a This City Tote bag, presumably containing a copy of the very limited third single ‘We Move’, available at all good record shops, especially this one, about now!