Tuesday, September 11, 2007

New Indie Pop from the UK

I always try to listen to new and/or suggested artists with an open mind in order to give them a blank canvas. More times than not, I come away with something even a parent would be embarrassed to hang on their fridge. Every now and then, I'll come across a band with a track of two that while having a nice sound, doesn't stay with me for more than a moment. Then there are those surprises. The one's like I received recently from a new band calling themselves Tournaments.

As Gevin Pearson told me, "i had written some tunes that i wanted to played in a big pop style. started recording and jamming with a few friends and we became 'tournaments'"

Tournaments have recorded a few demos and are currently playing gig around the UK while recording their debut record. Boldest of Colours is a spirited straight indie pop song. Lone Sailor is the real standout though, both musically and lyrically. A slow to mid-tempo heart-rending sincere plea for love. Both songs fit the indie/pop/folk mold of Bright Eyes and others without sounding contrived. Their MySpace page features a third track, Turn and Run, which is every bit as solid as the tracks listed here.

Boldest of Colours
Lone Sailor

Below is a live performance video followed by upcoming appearances (including dates opening for Memphis' own Lucero (MySpace).

Live Dates
Oct 2 2007 8:00P
Tired and Lonesome at The Social London, London and South East
Oct 10 2007 8:00P
Buffalo Cardiff
Oct 25 2007 8:00P
Moshi Moshi night @ Hoxton Square bar and kitchen London, London and South East
Oct 28 2007 8:00P
Swansea Uni Bar Swansea, Wales
Nov 2 2007 8:30P
The Doghouse (upstairs at the Royal Oak) Halifax
Dec 6 2007 7:00P
The Underworld w/Lucero London, London and South East
Dec 7 2007 8:00P
Le Pub w/Lucero Newport, Wales