Hello dear Indie-Pop lovers,
the last weeks we spent a lot of time with emailing bands and we think we really found very good artists for this year's festival.
The first band we can announce is the London based band A Fine Day For Sailing.
Jen Hall and Matthew Stead founded the band in Exeter after Phil Wilson persuaded Matthew to sing his songs in front of an audience. Thom, Dan and Sharon who joined the band last winter played in the The Gresham Flyers before. They already performed at p!o!p kombinat berlin in 2009. Playing all together in A Fine Day For Sailing they recruited violin player Caroline Honour to the line-up.
A Fine Day For Sailing released three albums. The bedroom recording album Honeylands (2009, Pop Noise Records) was mainly about Matthew Stead's bittersweet lyrics and wonderful melodies. He also played all the instruments on that first album. One year later the albums "My Baby Loves Pop Music" and "Sand Box" (2010, both Vollwert Records), had been released. "Sand Box" is inspired by the music of the Beach Boys.
Another band playing is not a band but a brilliant one man show perfomance by ex-Moustache of Insanity singer Nik Vestberg. We were really sad when we heard the bad news about the end of Moustache Of Insanity. We would have loved to have them at this years Indie Pop Days.
Nevertheless Fulhäst - the "new" project of Nik - seems to be a very good alternative. After the split Nik had more time to concentrate on his love for Game Boy inspired 8-bit-music. Fulhäst is where - according to his fabulous blog - "ideas came from, before moving on to Moustache of Insanity". Nik is busy working on his first Ep which should be released on Fika Recordings this spring.