We don’t nearly shout enough about Vested Interest events that we host with our pals Barely Regal Record, given this one is a little special, we thought a-hey.
Whatever your stance on it: the delays, the endless reissues, the often disappointment – Record Store Day is a good way to reinstate peoples love with music. It has in my experiences played host to a number of great all-day banding events – I have fond memories of running about London in 2011 to catch Tallships and Teej at Notting Hill Arts Club, then onto 93 Feet East and back again. While I won’t be spending nearly as much on the underground this year, I will, however, be enjoying myself at – Record Store Yay – an all-day affair dedicated to watching bands, buying records, reading zines, dancing and speed-eating leftover chocolate eggs.
OLYMPIANS (London/Norwich)* – 9:25pm
Power-pop trio from London via Norwich, celebrating the release of their new EP Dance Like Everybody’s Watching And They Hate You.
COUSIN (Brighton)* – 8:40pm
Groovy instrumental post-hardcore done in the style of Enablers (minus the vox). Returning from a trip round Europe with Flash Bang Band, Cousin will have copies of their new EP Music To Polish Your Rifle To at the show.
CLAW THE THIN ICE (Manchester)* – 7:55pm
Fusing together the big punch of Superchunk with Hum – Claw The Thin Ice are making the trip down to play songs of their newest LP Exercise.
FLASH BANG BAND (Brighton) – 7:10pm
Fresh from finishing their European tour with Cousin, it’s time to get excited about Flash Bang Band. The vocals have that nice 00’s UK post-hardcore twang to them, and the music – discordant and weird. A trifle of wonderfulness.
BEAT EASTON (Southampton) – 6:25pm
Once four, now three. Beat Easton frequently get referred to a modern take on Death Cab For Cutie. Touring the UK with Swedish pals I Love Your Lifestyle, the band create subtle, meandering indie-rock that’s totally glorious to listen to. Big Smoke is a new song taken from a release that might happen sometime.
I LOVE YOUR LIFESTYLE (Sweden) – 5:40pm
So glad to have Sweden noodlers I Love your Lifestyle to join the party. On tour with Beat Easton, expect more hooks than metres you can throw a frisbee.
PET CEMETERY (London) – 5:00pm
Sam from Playlounge is a billion other bands, well 3 to be exact. There’s Nudes and then there’s Pet Cemetery. Joined by a backing band of close friends, expect a mixed affair of happy-go-lucky pop rock.
THEO (London)* – 4:20pm
Sam Knight – known to many in a musical capacity as Theo, will be playing his one man looping drums and guitar show in support of his latest LP Loom.
JAPAN REVIEW (London) – 3:45pm
Kicking things off is ambient, fuzzy guitar new kid on the black, Japan Review.
(Those marked with a * all have records on Barely Regal Records).
Here are the many stalls, distros, labels and zines down on the day:
Art is Hard Records
Barely Regal Records
Distrosaurus Rex (last ever time!)
Games We Have Known And Loved
Good Post Day Records
Odd Box Records
WOLF TOWN DIY
Zine & Not Heard giveaway bonanza