POP NOT HATE with BAND OF HOLY JOY – A Lucky 7 (or 10)

The pages of this fanzine overfloweth with praise and love for Johny Brown and his incredible Band of Holy Joy. With the last run of releases “Brutalism Begins At Home” and “Funambulist We Love You” (VS album of the year in 2016) they have hit a truly rich vein of form and they’re now on the cusp of a bounteous, nay glorious new album “Neon Primitives”: an examination of the troubled times we’re geolocked in, with a resplendent shard of optimism. To celebrate this, they are playing some gigs with some kindred spirits including a London one under the banner of Pop Not Hate, and to herald these shows/love-ins, Johny has assembled the following special playlist, so without further ado, it’s over to the Coleridge of New Cross & Newcastle for some heart-warming words…

A LUCKY SEVEN / TEN FOR POP NOT HATE

“We’ll be gathering a few disparate strands together over the course of three gigs and two weekends, a whole bunch of beautiful acts whose common tenet is they all believe in heritage and hope, love indie pop, and detest hatred and racism… just going to let the songs do the talking here, except to say I think Scott Walker absolutely stole Kathy Kirby’s orchestra. Anyway here’s the coming week’s top ten pop pickers….

  1. HECTOR GANNET – THE HAVEN OF ST AIDAN’S – “Spiritual home”

2. HELEN MCOOKERYBOOK – THE SEA – “Refuge”

3. OLDFIELD YOUTH CLUB – OUR FLOWERS WILL GROW – “Hope.”

4. ARREST! CHARLIE TIPPER – FREEDOM OF SPEECH – “Freedom from fear.”

5. BAND OF HOLY JOY – A BEAUTIFUL CAT – “The death of a good friend at the hands of racist bigots.”

6. RICHARD STRANGE – THE PHENOMENAL RISE OF RICHARD STRANGE – “Currency.”

7. THE SUBTERRANEAN: ALTHEA AND DONNA – NO MORE FIGHTING – “Truth.”

8. KEVIN HEWICK / NEW ORDER – HAYSTACK – “A thing of indie pop beauty.”

9. MICHAEL CLUNKIE – KATHY KIRBY – YOU’RE THE ONE – “The beauty of formal pop.”


Band of Holy joy will be spreading the word of love and togetherness as we headline a gig in aid of Hope Not Hate at the Lexington in London on May 26. The night which is billed as POP NOT HATE has a full supporting cast of Helen McCookerybook, Oldfield Youth Club, Arrest! Charlie Tipper and a special DJ appearance from Richard Strange and the Subterranean, oh and it’s my birthday too… Tickets are cheap as chips and the cast stellar, more details here… we are taking the show on the road to Newcastle and Leicester too, at some point all the pop cats in this top ten will be on show and keeping the faith. Please come and join us.”

Sat 18th May – Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle

https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/booking/category/BgsjZkXCUzop

Sun 19th May – The Musician, Leicester

https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/-the-band-of-the-musician-tickets/9299585

Sun 26th – The Lexington, London

https://www.wegottickets.com/event/459915

LUCKY 10TH – BAND OF HOLY JOY – THE DEVIL HAS A HOLD ON THE LAND – from new album “Neon Primitives” on Tiny Global Productions, out on 7th June

THANKS TO JOHNY BROWN! WE FOREVER DOFF OUR CAPS IN YOUR DIRECTION MY FRIEND.

Author: Nick Hutchings

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