The Experimental Pop Band play the Thunderbolt on the back of their first live dates around the UK in a decade.
Friday 25th November | 7:30pm
Sharp iconoclastic Pop – Time Out
Jaunty krautrock lo-fi strum n bass bohemian art shot through with Davey’s bittersweet humour – NME
Vertigo is the 6th studio album to come from stylish Bristolian quartet, EXPERIMENTAL POP BAND.
The band were masterminded in the mid 90s by brilliant songwriter and engaging live performer Davey Woodward. Davey had previous success as the lead-singer of Indie/Pop band The Brilliant Corners who were a major part of the vibrant Indie music scene of the 80’s.
Experimental Pop Band have, so far, had an interesting history, to say the least, from Davey accidentally knocking NICO of Velvet Underground down a flight of stairs when he supported her band in London, to their first gig at Rough Trade in Soho, Sophie Ellis Bextor covering one of their tracks when in her former band, to EPB then gaining the much sought after attention of Radio 1s John Peel who booked them for a session. This then lead to the band being asked to perform on the John Peel stage at Glastonbury in 2004.
Vertigo is a brilliant heady cocktail of UK Indie/Electro Pop tracks eager to please old fans and entice a host of new ones. The songs continue to be as eclectic as ever but rather than the throwaway playfulness that some people found a challenge on previous albums, the new album displays a maturity and cohesiveness that past releases may have lacked.
The songs featured on Vertigo were originally penned for a concept album called ‘Boxing Gloves Versus The Crayon Set’. Some 30 songs were recorded between 2007 and early 2011 only for the project to be scrapped as Davey was not happy with the recordings and the performance of the songs. Then in March 2011 half the songs on the album were recorded in 2 weeks and the album produced.
Side one brings together the more rock orientated tracks like first single ‘Little Things’, due for release in Jan 2012 – with its catchy British/Pop melody mixing with electro sounds. Side two contains tracks with more Boho/Pop elements containing beautiful brass and impressive lyrical content in tracks like ‘The Girls With The Back Combed Hair’. If you like your guitar keyboard based Pop, it doesn’t get much better than this.