Indieterria presents Alternative Christmas with The Kecks

Dear Readers,

Alternative Christmas continue at Indieterria. Many of our readers were absolute legends helping out during the fan campaign to get Jarvis Cocker`s single “Running The World” to #2 in the UK charts. We thought that after our shared Top 40 adventures, we will write about equally brilliant Christmas song recorded by a band that is making waves on indie circuit.

Those who follow our blog will be familiar with future rock stars known as The Kecks. We have interviewed them and followed their musical development for about a year now.  It is an absolute pleasure and privilege to see them evolve and develop their (incredibly huge) potential.

The Kecks came into being after mighty Manuka Hive came to an end and their arrival caught us by surprise. We were not expecting such a radiant mix of alternative rock, psychedelia, post punk and avant-garde. But sonic palette was just part of the package. The Kecks emerged from obscurity full of ideas and with a clear cut artistic vision. Blade Runner like visuals (images, videos), gender bending wardrobe, their courage to be photographed wearing dresses or holding hands in public. There was sense of adventure, rebellion, challenging of social norm in how they carried themselves on and off stage, how they merged different elements to create their own unique identity as artists and performers.

It was impossible not to fall in love with The Kecks almost instantly. And we were not the only ones. In just a year the band managed to get decent following on social media, released a successful single (Stick in My Throat), played a session for BBC Introducing, released a live video (All For Me) and played European tour that took them though Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France and UK.

The band responded to their fans in a manner that could truly warm even the coldest of hearts.  Please allow us to quote their statement in full: “The support we’ve received in this first year has been phenomenal and we just wanted to do something as a little fun as a way of saying thanks to everyone who has taken the time to check us out this year. We look forward to catching up with you all on the road again in 2020 and have plenty of new music primed ready for your ears in the new year!”

And so they wrap up 2019 releasing a live version of Mud`s festive favourite Lonely This Christmas.

Written in 1974, this classic song went to number #1 and was performed on Top of The Pops.  The single was a homage to Elvis Presley and  members of Mud dedicated it to the King of Rock and Roll  for his 40th birthday.

The Kecks` version is very much on point and retains the slower Elvis-like singing of the original, but without the unnecessary pomp and kitsch. The song is stripped back and reinvigorated, dusted off and brought up to date for XXI century. It still sounds retro, vintage even but was given a very strong modern approach that will also appear for younger audience.

Lonely This Christmas was recorded as part of Glade Sessions. It was organised by Alexander Luebbe, produced by Carlos Andres and filmed by Yotam Schwartz.

The Kecks in all their splendour and glory

It`s not always a safe bet to take on a classic song  – but The Kecks come on top in their version of Lonely This Christmas. It shows their strength and ambition as a band.  If you can own a song written by a rock legends –then you can pretty much do anything, the sky`s the limit.

And this is what we would like to wish to The Kecks for 2020.

The band has been featured  on our blog before. We absolute adore them:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/indieterria-meets-the-kecks/
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/indieterria-presents-the-kecks-on-european-tour/

More readings:
https://chaosmusicmagazine.nl/2019/12/18/chaos-brengt-je-een-alternatieve-kerst-met-deze-originele-kerstnummers

The Kecks have been getting more and more attention in the national and European blogs and magazines. If you are curious who they are and want to learn more, please check out those articles as well:

http://littleindieblogs.blogspot.com/2019/06/hamburg-based-newcomers-kecks-sing-tell.html
http://www.gigslutz.co.uk/this-feeling-track-of-the-day-the-kecks-stick-in-my-throat/
https://www.rgm.press/the-kecks-stick-in-my-throat/review/
https://www.rgm.press/the-kecks-return-to-the-uk-for-new-tour-dates/review/
https://willyoumag.com/2019/11/20/the-clause-live-at-cafe-totem-sheffield-review
https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/aviator-on-expanding-into-management-re-launching-its-label-and-the-future

Ready for action in 2020

You can follow the band on socials:

https://www.thekecksofficial.com/
https://www.facebook.com/thekecksofficial/
https://twitter.com/the_kecks
https://www.instagram.com/thekecksofficial/
https://soundcloud.com/thekecksofficial
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm0wdB5kpFtz5VjJlblmlIQ
https://open.spotify.com/artist/7rq4XneM5dE0uYeAoyMGGn?si=SD6WJsSaR9uBIck6pcusWA

We hope you enjoy the posts and the music and we want to wish you all the best in the new decade dear readers.

See you soon with a lot of stuff coming up.

Mal/Rita

Indieterria presents Alternative Christmas – Get Jarvis Cocker “Running the World” a Christmas number 1

Dear Readers, 

Every year at Indieterria, we celebrate Christmas in an alternative way. Be it by bringing a festive cheer to a mosh pit (have you ever brought big slabs of chocolate to a gig to share with fellow gig goers and bands? You should try it!) or by supporting worthy causes. And this year presented us with a most magnificent cause there can be. After the recent elections, Brexit and years of austerity some incredible people decided to end the 2019 with a song that sums it all – Jarvis Cocker`s “Cunts Are Still Running The World”.

Their campaign to bring a 13- years old single to the top of charts just in time for Christmas took over so quickly that even the best marketing experts were surprised. But it gets better – all proceeds from the single are going to charity so you can not just sum up the people in power with the song, but also take part in a very peculiar Band Aid like exercise. All you need is to buy the single or stream it (or even share the campaign).

We had to meet up and speak to people who came up with this absolutely brilliant idea. Please meet Michael Hall and Darcie Molina – geniuses of marketing and we mean it.

Official single cover

What made you to set up the group? And please introduce the admins behind this idea? Who are the masterminds behind “Fancy Getting “C**ts Are Still Running The World” to UK Xmas No.1?

Michael Hall: The group is run by myself and Darcie Molina. We were so down at the election results on Friday morning (Friday the 13th). We were expecting disaster from the exit polls but it was worse than anything we could have imagined. It just occurred to us that it would be magical to get Jarvis Cocker’s “Cunts Are Still Running The World” to number 1 in this country. And then we realised, it would be the Christmas charts that week so we decided to give it a try. We expected to have a fun little group with a bout 20-30 like-minded people but then it really connected with everybody and they built this amazing Facebook group and made the campaign global.

We think it’s a fantastic choice, but we have to ask: why this particular song? Have you considered other tracks before settling on “Running the World”?

Michael Hall:  I’ll be honest – it was the song that gave us the plan, not the other way around. Since then though, we’ve had suggestions from people for a lot of songs. My favourite suggestion so far has been “Mother” by IDLES for its anti-Tory lyrics.

It took only couple of days for the group to go viral and attract 27.000 members. That’s more than AF Gang, the popular fan group for IDLES. Have you expected such a great response?

Michael Hall: Michael Hall:  We had no way to know it would get this big. The response has been overwhelmingly positive and we’ve received support from some surprising corners. Speaking of AFGang, we are using the way their moderators run that magnificent group as a blueprint for how we run this one. They are an example of how to run a positive, inclusive group and we hope to emulate them briefly here. We love AFGang, let it be known!

Detailed guide for fans how to get the song to number 1

The campaign has been featured by Guardian, Observer, BBC, Clash Magazine and NME. Did you expect such an incredible media coverage for this effort?

Michael Hall:  Absolutely not. The Evening Standard and some of the other Tory rags are getting involved now too! Every member of the press I’ve spoken to has been kind and supportive so far – nothing like what you might expect.

Jarvis Cocker has responded on social media saying he was very happy about the campaign. But have him or his representatives been in touch with you?

Michael Hall:  Yes, he has a big surprise for us up his sleeve today. That will make things very interesting later in the day as the race draws to a close. We started without label or artist involvement but they are fully on board now.

All the proceeds are now going to Shelter which gives the campaign a new charitable dimension. You basically formed this year’s Band Aid. How does that feel?

Michael Hall: Well that’s a very kind thing to say indeed! This is just a small protest that a community of wonderful, good-hearted punk rock humans have made into a “thing” that now helps the homeless. Finding out that the proceeds would go to Shelter brought tears to my eyes. It’s a beautiful gesture from Jarvis and we all know how important it is to support our nation’s ever-increasing homeless population.

Where does the campaign stands now? Are we close to the official number 1 spot?

Michael Hall: We are Number 2 on Amazon, Number 2 on iTunes and Number 1 on 7Digital. Also, the song is now at Number 3 for UK downloads on Google Play and Number 1 on iTunes Alternative Charts!

If everyone in our group downloads the song today we’ll be in the charts tomorrow. The Official Number 1 is a long shot, of course it always has been, but we are going to do absolutely everything we can to make it happen. We haven’t slept since Monday so we’re not going to give up now!

The charts statistics are closing on Thursday 19th of December at midnight. What can people still do to help?

Michael Hall: Download, download, download and stream, stream, stream. Every download helps a homeless person and tells this government what we think of them.  #jarvis4xmas

Detailed information about the single:
Release: 13 November 2006
Numbers: RTRADCD340/RTRADLP340 with RTRADS340/RTRADDA340 / RTRADCDP340
Formats: CD/LP with bonus 7″/Digital Download/Promotional CD
Sleeve: The Designers Republic & Jarvis Cocker
Highest Chart Position: 37 (UK)
More information: http://www.acrylicafternoons.com/disc-jarv.html

 

You can join the group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/618955365312116/

You can download and buy the song at:

Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Running-World-Jarvis-Cocker/dp/B001MY6R46/
ITunes: https://music.apple.com/lk/album/running-the-world-single/260670939
7Digital: https://uk.7digital.com/artist/jarvis-cocker/release/running-the-world
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3aa70aUOaMVmixLnwSIytk
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Bsp3atpzzu65g5wp62pboq7tcxy&tid=song-Tlat7k2lveeb6nntw3hf647xrcq
Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/track/948956

A rare copy of Radio edit (clean version) and white label CD has been posted on Twitter:

The campaign has been officially endorsed by Jarvis Cocker and Rough Trade (the label who released the single).

After the singer and the record label officially acknowledged the fan effort to bring the song to the top of the charts, magazines, celebrities and fellow musicians voiced their support on social media for the campaign. We managed to find several examples:

And the singer had a fantastic surprise for the group that has been working tirelessly. He prepared a special, acoustic version that was delivered to the group members on the last day of their campaign. The song was accompanied by a message:

“So here’s the story: about a month ago the Kaiser Quartett sent me a recording of their arrangement of “Running the World” & asked if I’d consider singing on it. So I did. The song will feature on one of their upcoming record releases but – given the current campaign – we thought you might like to get a sneak preview right now. Merry Xmas! Jarvis xx”

If you still haven’t had enough, you can also see a rare live performance of the song from 2009:

From a crazy idea of just two people, to a Facebook group of nearly 35.000 people in less than a week, the campaign surpassed all expectations. Nobody even thought it would be possible to engage such a big crowd. And the effects are simply mind blowing. We have been collecting articles about the idea and in  just under 2 days, we managed to collect over 60 links to the biggest newspapers  from all over the world. Including The Times, Guardian, Rolling Stone magazine, The Independent, BBC and others.  Please take a look at the articles as even professional PR house wouldn’t be able to brag about such powerful and successful campaign.

Press articles:
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/16/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-single-christmas-no1-spot
http://floodmagazine.com/72645/jarvis-cocker-wants-to-make-c-ts-are-still-running-the-world-the-2019-christmas-1/
https://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-enters-official-christmas-number-1-race__28011
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2019/12/19/news/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one-1794890/
https://www.dazeddigital.com/music/article/47232/1/running-the-world-christmas-number-one-jarvis-cocker-tories-boris-johnson
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-so-proud-fans-are-backing-running-the-world-christmas-campaign-as-a-means-of-protest-2589358
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-cunts-are-still-running-the-world-christmas-number-one-campaign-interview-2589149
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-shares-an-alternative-version-of-running-the-world-with-german-string-quartet-2589856
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-could-now-be-the-first-number-one-of-2020-2590547
https://www.nme.com/news/music/jarvis-cocker-celebrity-catchphrase-christmas-special-2590490
https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/viral-news/2019/12/19/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one/
https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113536
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-races-up-the-charts
https://www.clashmusic.com/news/jarvis-cocker-shares-new-version-of-running-the-world
http://diymag.com/2019/12/18/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-christmas-no-1-campaign
https://www.indy100.com/article/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-running-world-general-election-9248251
https://completemusicupdate.com/article/shelter-to-benefit-as-jarvis-cocker-emerges-a-late-contender-for-sweary-christmas-number-one/
http://www.noise11.com/news/jarvis-cockers-cnts-are-still-running-the-world-is-almost-there-20191217
http://www.noise11.com/news/more-timely-than-ever-get-jarvis-cockers-cnts-are-still-running-the-world-to-number-one-this-christmas-20191216
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-50809896
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/jarvis-cockers-anti-establishment-song-climbs-charts
https://www.standard.co.uk/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-social-media-campaign-a4317336.html
https://music.mxdwn.com/2019/12/19/news/jarvis-cocker-releases-new-version-of-running-the-world-featuring-kaiser-quartett-to-aid-christmas-1-campaign/
https://www.metro.news/what-a-lark-jarvis-cockers-race-for-xmas-number-one/1844406/
https://www.doncasterfreepress.co.uk/news/people/x-rated-jarvis-cocker-song-tipped-christmas-number-one-anti-boris-johnson-protest-1345114
https://tonedeaf.thebrag.com/jarvis-cocker-uk-christmas-no-1/
https://faroutmagazine.co.uk/jarvis-cocker-pulp-running-the-world-christmas-number-1/
https://southendnewsnetwork.net/news/supreme-court-forces-bbc-to-play-uncensored-jarvis-cocker-song-with-cts-in-lyrics (parody site)
https://www.rgm.press/cunts-are-running-the-world-xmas-single-push-with-jarvis-cocker/editorial/
https://www.patheos.com/blogs/tippling/2019/12/20/british-iconoclasm-christmas-no-1/
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/the-race-for-uk-christmas-no-1-will-it-be-sausage-rolls-or-alcoholic-regret-nf27t7jzr#
https://www.indy100.com/article/jarvis-cocker-christmas-number-one-running-world-general-election-9248251
https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/dec/20/ladbaby-i-love-sausage-rolls-christmas-no-1
https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/12/stream-jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-alternate-version/
http://www.theowlmag.com/news/have-yourselves-a-merry-little-jarvis/
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/12/jarvis-cocker-track-places-at-48-in-christmas-chart-amidst-liverpool-gig-rumours/
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/12/21/news-jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-surges-up-the-uk-charts-to-number-2-campaign-resumed-to-make-it-number-1-this-january
https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/jarvis-cocker-shares-version-running-041457536.html

International:
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/campaign-trying-to-get-jarvis-cockers-2006-single-to-number-one.html https://exclaim.ca/music/article/jarvis_cockers_running_the_world_in_the_race_for_u_k_christmas_no_1_after_election
https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/12/17/musique/musique/les-connards-regnent-encore-sur-le-monde-un-nouveau-et-tres-special-hymne-de-noel-britannique/
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/entertainment/music/news/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one-38798165.html
http://www.undertheradarmag.com/news/jarvis_cocker_shares_new_version_of_running_the_world_in_campaign_for_uk_ch
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-could-be-back-in-charts-after-uk-election/
http://www.brooklynvegan.com/jarvis-cocker-shares-new-version-of-cnts-are-still-running-the-world/
https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/jarvis-cocker-new-version-running-the-world-christmas-number-one-929512/
https://pitchfork.com/news/listen-to-jarvis-cockers-new-version-of-running-the-world/
https://www.rt.com/uk/476124-tory-brexit-christmas-song/
https://www.avopolis.gr/music-news/international-news/69260-jarvis-for-christmas-19
https://entertainment.ie/music/theres-a-campaign-to-get-this-very-relatable-jarvis-cocker-song-to-christmas-no-1-434555/
https://musicfeeds.com.au/news/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-number-one-christmas/
https://moosegazette.net/jarvis-cocker-so-proud-fans-are-backing-running-the-world-christmas-campaign-as-a-means-of-protest/186699/
https://heraldplanet.com/jarvis-cocker-song-enters-official-christmas-number-1-race/
https://www.aedaily.net/en-gb/posts/jarvis-cocker-responds-to-campaign-for-his-song-to-reach-christmas-number-one
https://exclaim.ca/music/article/jarvis_cockers_running_the_world_in_the_race_for_u_k_christmas_no_1_after_election
https://www.lesinrocks.com/2019/12/17/musique/musique/les-connards-regnent-encore-sur-le-monde-un-nouveau-et-tres-special-hymne-de-noel-britannique/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113843
https://fm4.orf.at/stories/2996167
https://www.soundsandbooks.com/2019/12/21/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-song-des-tages
https://www.musikblog.de/2019/12/jarvis-cocker-running-the-world-neue-version-mit-kaiser-quartett/
https://fastforward-magazine.de/jarvis-cocker-veroeffentlicht-neue-version-von-running-the-world-gemeinsam-mit-dem-kaiser-quartett
http://soundchecker.koeln/jarvis-cocker-kaiser-quartett-wuenschen-frohe-weihnachten/
https://www.nova.ie/listen-to-jarvis-cockers-reworked-bid-for-protest-xmas-no-1-173283
https://www.indienative.com/2019/12/live-with-the-no-6-orchestra
https://marvin.com.mx/pulp-jarvis-cocker-nueva-version-running-the-world/
https://indiehoy.com/canciones/jarvis-cocker-presenta-una-nueva-version-de-running-the-world/
https://www.irishmirror.ie/showbiz/celebrity-news/jarvis-cocker-song-running-world-21113843

Blogs:
https://www.ajournalofmusicalthings.com/theres-a-slight-chance-that-jarvis-cockers-cts-are-still-running-the-world-may-finish-as-the-christmas-1-in-the-uk/
http://www.godisinthetvzine.co.uk/2019/12/16/news-campaign-to-get-jarvis-cockers-cts-are-still-running-the-world-to-xmas-1-launched
https://indiereporter.blogspot.com/2019/12/shelter-to-benefit-as-jarvis-cocker.html
https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/jarvis-cockers-running-the-world-is-nearly-in-the-uk-top-40-singles-chart
https://www.getintothis.co.uk/2019/12/cherry-ghost-to-release-first-single-in-five-years-as-jarvis-cocker-track-bids-for-christmas-number-one
https://turnupthevolume.blog/2019/12/20/frustrated-election-fans-wants-jarvis-cocker-at-the-top-spot-of-the-charts-on-xmas-day-with-his-2006-solo-track-running-the-world/

Chart Position:

On the 20th of December, the official UK charts statistics became available. The group admins released the following statement:

“The Chart positions are in.
UK Download Chart: No. 2
Scotland Overall Chart: No. 6
7Digital: No. 1
iTunes: No. 3
Amazon: No. 3
Google Play: No. 3
UK National Chart: No. 48
Over 225,000 Streams!

This is absolutely, insanely incredible. We started this for fun and out of disappointment and discontent 7 days ago – we didn’t get admins or the nod from the label until Monday. That’s just 4 days. You took a 13 year old song that a few people remembered very fondly and turned it into the rallying cry of a mini-movement”.

Few hours later another, longer announcement was issued:

“This is absolutely, insanely incredible. We started this for fun and out of disappointment and discontent 7 days ago – we didn’t get admins or the nod from the label until Monday. That’s just 4 days. You took a 13 year old song that a few people remembered very fondly and turned it into the rallying cry of a mini-movement.

There are now 33,000+ now us. This community has taken a little bit of civil disobedience and turned it into a huge campaign, a community comforting one another and offering hope and humour where it’s most needed. A community that has dedicated it’s time, money and energy to helping the homeless and giving agency to the voiceless over this week.

We’re immeasurably proud of you, the people in this group who have achieved such huge strides in such a ludicrously short amount of time.

It’s been a delight to receive positive coverage from The Guardian, The Indy, Clash Magazine, The NME, Les Inrockuptibles, Radio Ireland, God Is In The TV, Under The Radar, PopBitch, Roliing Fucking Stone and many more. It was a thrill for a bunch of fan-humans to get support from The Lemonheads, Richard Hawley, Shaun Keaveny, Tom Robinson, AFGang, Stuart Maconie, Maxine Peake, Spillers Records, Nick Wallington, Fat White Family, Pam Hogg…and so many more. THANKS TO THEM!

That all aside, everything positive that has happened is because of you, this community – not the record label, not the press, not a celebrity, not a politician and not even our beloved Jarvis himself. You have come together and made a difference. You have helped homeless people in the UK at their most vulnerable time of year and offered a strong voice of protest against injustice and the rise of the right.

THANK YOU. YES, YOU THERE, SPECIFICALLY.

“I learned a long time ago there is something worse than missing the goal and that’s not pulling the trigger” Mia Hamm

We on the left are used to all manner of defeat. Sure, we hoped for a higher National Chart playing – about 47 places higher as it goes – but the odds were stacked and you did great work. We don’t see this as a defeat but as a phenomenal first step. We don’t want ANYONE here to feel like this was a waste of energy or time – we will Keep Fucking Going.

We’ll be moving forward with those who would wish to stay with us as a cultural fundraising, campaigning forum and organisation group which we can help steer towards positive outcomes. We envision this as being a place to arrange and promote REAL WORLD change-making – projects and fundraisers large and small from all parts of the group, from all corners of the world. But we started this for fun and plan to keep it that way. Keep your good humour flowing and music recommendations flooding in.

We plan to start using the mentoring facility on Facebook to offer more vulnerable group members someone to reach out to in times of need.

We will be here for each other.

We are here to unite, never to divide – and all clear thinking good-hearted people are welcome here. We admins will try to live up to your standards.

We’ve listened to all the suggestions being made in the group and we will continue to do so. It won’t be anything like the same intensity from us this week – but don’t expect us to slack and don’t you even think of that either.

Here’s some things we all need to remember:

OUR REAL WORK IS TO BE DONE OUT IN THE WORLD

ALL IS LOVE – NO NEGATIVITY

THIS GROUP HAS A ZERO CUNT POLICY (apart from me, obvs)

We’ll rename the group after the weekend – suggestions would be great.

So – community leaders, musicians, artists, fundraisers, campaigners, charity reps, non-cunts – towards what shall we next steer this unwieldy beast?!

Cunts ARE still running the world…but not for long…

LOVE

Helen, Darcie, Michael, Tracey, Ian, Emily, Julia, Lisa, John, Abigail. Team#jarvis4xmas

You can find all charts screenshots in the gallery below:

On 21st of December, an urgent announcement was posted on the group, providing more information about the mid-week position:

“HUGELY EXCITING UPDATE!!!

RUNNING THE WORLD NOW AT NO.2 IN THE OFFICIAL UK CHART

We have insider info and are beyond thrilled to tell you that the song is now at #2 in the national day-by-day charts!!

The full UK charts. The proper charts. The one we were #48 in yesterday. You kept downloading this song for charity and saying you wanted a #1 this week instead. And we went up 46 places overnight. What do you think about that?!

Thank you, inflight WiFi. Please pass the tissues.

We’re cancelling Christmas. We’re going to get this song to number 1 – the first Number 1 single of 2020. We’re doing this. Join us???

#JARVIS4JANUARY

DOWNLOAD, SHARE, AND STREAM, STREAM, STREAM.

Join and share on every platform!!
Twitter & Instagram: @jarvis4january”

If you haven’t downloaded or steamed the song yet, please do so – the group is fighting to keep the song in top 10 for next week and maybe give it a number one in the first week of January! Whatever happens – when the community comes together, amazing ideas come true. Thank you!

All sales proceedings from the song throughout the festive period will be donated to Shelter.

What a time to be alive (despite the poverty and politics of hate).
Please keep on giving and supporting, you are doing amazingly well.

xxx
Rita and Malcia Dabrowicz

Indieterria meets Bunkerpop

Dear Readers,

We have recently reviewed an incredible Manchester band Weimar and now we return with equally amazing gem from the underground. It is our pure pleasure and privilege to welcome Hull`s Bunkerpop to our blog. We sat down with guitarist Paul John Sarel to speak about the bands spiritual home venue (The New Adelphi Club), their genre bending debut album and their cost friendly videos. Bunkerpop consists of living legends of Hull`s music scene and the tunes they produce are brilliant. Wit, talent and strong DIY ethics – everything that we love at Indieterria.

Bunkerpop`s logo

Bunkerpop is a band after our own hearts! You describe yourselves as “self-managed, self-released, self- promo, self everything”. At Indieterria we absolutely adore people who uphold DIY ethics. Please introduce yourselves!

Paul John Sarel:  Bunkerpop are a collection of like minded lazy fluke artists. None of this is designed to be a success but we seem to have managed to become a cult like phenomenon as we all uphold a genuine desire to entertain, make music and uphold core values that are inclusive. It’s not a coincidence that as day jobs we all work with people. We connect and we offer support in our day jobs which we try and carry across into band activities. We are Trevor Simpson (teacher), Carlos  Macklin (barman), Jonathan Wainberg (mental health nurse), Mark Blissenden (youth leader) and Paul John Sarel (youth leader).

You probably will cringe at the expression but Bunkerpop is practically a supergroup! With a huge chunk of Hull musical history attached to it. You formed in 2016 and all members come from massively influential local groups such a Fonda 500, Baby Mammoth, Nyam Nyam, The Schoolgirls or Black Delta Movement. The amount of experience, records and Wikipedia pages between all of you is stunning!  Tell us how did the band start? You obviously known each other for years, but  was there ever a moment where you met one day  in a pub and decided – let`s form a band?

Paul John Sarel:  We all knew each other from either being in bands, attending gigs or just from our local community which is based in quite a artistic and cultural zone of the city.

Some of us had played gigs together in the same bands or attended each other’s gigs in the past. Some of us played veterans football together. We’ve been around for a long time as musicians and our age span ranges from 30 years old up to 58 years old. We’re pretty energetic for a bunch of middle-aged geezers. I like to think we’re quite open to new ideas…that’s how it all started. It was just something to do, to start with but it became very exciting as we’re all from different musical backgrounds but at the same time we all enjoy taking musical risks. We had nothing to lose and it became brilliant.

Bunkerpop ready for action

Bunkerpop material has been recorded at the Gorilla Studios in Hull with sound engineer Bob Wingfield, and then mastered by Pete Maher (The White Stripes, U2). How do you remember the studio session? Were any songs prepared prior the recordings – or were you leaving it for the time when you were already in the studio?

Paul John Sarel:  The album took about a year to record. Initially we had Bob engineer three different live sessions for us where we just played our set. We then had the basic live tracks and took them to our own studio. This is where the majority of the work and overdubs was done. Mark took a lot of the responsibility on with input from the rest of the band. Some of the tunes needed a lot of changing, cutting, throwing in the bin or re-thinking. We decided quite early on to take a different approach to the live version of the band. Because most tunes we do are instrumental we knew we had to create a narrative running through the album in some way. We took a lot of time finding dialogue that wasn’t clichéd or that was trying to be cool….cause that’s not cool.

You released your double debut album in July 2019 to critical acclaim.  Louder Than War lauded you as “unique and brilliant”, BBC Introducing  said “Everything they send is incredible”, other  blogs and magazines compared you to Neu, Devo, Brian Eno and Flaming Lips. Were you expecting such a positive reactions to your material?

Paul John Sarel:  The album has a very Hull feel to it. It’s not trendy, it doesn’t conform and it refuses to take the twists you expect. It’s a bit of a “fuck off” to anyone who wants a hit record. We like a good metaphorical fight. We have a giant Hull chip on our shoulders and we’re quite feisty. I think a lot of folks can relate to that in the current political climate.

The band live is a force to be reckoned with.

We need to ask you about the video to “(Are You Ready) For Something” because it`s the best surrealistic video we have seen in a long time. A boxing match meets eating contest is an incredibly funny idea but we also heard that the band spend a whole £18.80 on the props and costumes. If that is true, Bunkerpop deserve a recognition for not only being incredibly creative, but also efficient.

Paul John Sarel:  The video did cost £18.80. We did it on a cold February morning with hangovers. Our friends Mark Richardson and Anna Bean shot it, edited and added extras. They’re both central to creative things in our community. We got Viki to be the referee. Again she’s an energetic force in the local area. When you can work and play with such talented people like them you don’t need a big budget. You just all drawer from each other’s creativity and energy. Carlos and I look very grey in the video. That’s booze for ya!

The band members are funders and curators of Fast & Bulbous’ Festival. It`s been running for  the last three years raising funds for The New Adelphi Club in Hull. The venue is known for supporting young and emerging artists, but also hosted legends such as The Cranberries, Manics, The La`s and Kaiser Chiefs. How important are independent venues such as The New Adelphi for indie circuit?

Paul John Sarel:  The Adelphi is our spiritual home. It’s shabby and brilliant. In the last month it’s hosted everything from Fat Boy Slim to a youth music gig with all the performers playing being under 18. This speaks volumes about the place. A superstar millionaire DJ to kids playing their 1st gig in the space of a fortnight.

This week there is grime, folk, post punk, country blues and high octane rock on the billing. The Adelphi is one of the most important venues in the world. It’s fiercely independent and ugly. That’s how we like it. Long live independent venues up and down the country!

Bunkerpop in their iconic hazmat suits. Good music is contagious,

There are also plans to turn Fast & Bulbous’ into a proper label. You released your own material as Bunkerpop via Fast & Bulbous’ Records. Do you have any other releases coming up or are you looking for bands and artists to release their material via the label?

Paul John Sarel:  The next Fast & Bulbous release could be out in Spring 2020. We’re hoping to put out a double 7″ gatefold with four different artists on. Each artist takes up one side. It’s quite an ambitious project but the quality of the artists means it’s gonna be a belter. It’ll Bunkerpop, Bitmap (former Salako Chap Luke), Holly Blackshaw (Crooked Weather) and Nicholas Broten (Fonda 500). We’re all top notch artists….I’ve heard the tunes already and it’s going to be a beautiful release.

We are almost at the end of the year so what can we expect from you guys in the 2020? Another album? A Tour?

Paul John Sarel:  Bunkerpop have quite a few gigs lined up and we’re booked in to play Scunthorpe, Barrow, Nottingham, Hull, Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds. They’ll be a few festivals in 2020 too. We’ll possibly start recording a new album too. We have the demos for 4 songs already and we’re writing new tunes all the time. It’s all very exciting.

Last (in)famous question – if you could book the biggest stars of pop music into The Adelphi for a all nighter. What bands would you book and who is headlining?

Paul John Sarel: Gosh….if we could choose to book an Adelphi all nighter with our heroes and inspirations it’d probably look something like this (with the aid of a time machine):

Talking Heads big band line up as headliners. Sly & the Family Stone, Fela Kuti, Kraftwerk, William Oneyabor, Can, Velvets, Roxy with Eno, Flaming Lips, Fonda 500, Bunkerpop.

You can follow Bunkerpop on the socials:

https://www.facebook.com/HullBunkerpop/
https://www.instagram.com/bunkerpopband/
https://soundcloud.com/user-554608742
https://www.youtube.com/user/MrHotMIM
https://bunkerpopband.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3Uuj2nCneKmPA58KY5577l?si=vRAnIn42RWeNRGcht2CdVw

 

Additional readings:

https://www.imnotfromlondon.com/bunker-pop-mentality-album-review-bunkerpops-bunkerpop-album/
http://www.soundspheremag.com/spotlight/band/band-spotlight-bunkerpop/
http://www.hullmusicarchive.co.uk/artist-bunkerpop/

We are so excited to be discovering acts like Bunkerpop and cant wait to see what they will produce in the future.

Good luck guys.

Mal/Rita