After 10 incredible years we have decided to close the book on what has been an amazing adventure. From small beginnings at a Dorking open mic to jamming with Phoenix and opening for Jimmy Eat World, it really has been a wonderful journey which we’ve all cherished. We got to realise some of our teenage dreams such as recording at Maida Vale and playing the Reading festival, things we didn’t even think were possible. We’d like to thank everybody who came to a gig, bought a record, voted for us, wore a t-shirt, recommended us to a friend, blogged about us and also all the fantastic bands we have met along the way who we now call friends. Although it is sad we feel it is the right time to stop and look back proudly on what became bigger than we ever hoped or planned. As The Hold Steady sung, we had some massive nights. Hopefully some of which we shared with you!
HUGE thanks to Jack Clothier for being our biggest supporter and not only releasing our records but also guiding this ship/coach. Thanks also to Joe Schiavon for the great effort and work he put in to the band.
We will soon be announcing one final gig and it would be fantastic to see as many faces we’ve met along the way at this one as possible. Before that you can see us this Saturday at Southsea festival. Let’s make it a big one!
Like us, you’ll always have Tazers. Luke, Nick, Chop, John & Matt x
It’s really sad to see Stagecoach go. Over the time that Keep Pop Loud was most active these guys represented a really big part of the music that we love and were the perfect embodiment of what keeping pop loud is all about.
Massive thanks to them for the great music they’ve put out over the years - not least their excellent debut that’ll be featuring in our end of year lists in a few months time - and generally for being top guys.
Still one of the most interesting and inventive acts to have appeared in recent years, PSB’s highly conceptual blend of styles and textures is yet to grow old. Quite the opposite in fact, as in ever track we hear appears to add a new dimension to the group.
'Signal 30' is from their forthcoming debut album Inform - Educate - Entertain and adds a thrilling yet menacing edge to the electronic-rock-meets-archival-footage template that we so enjoyed on The War Room EP. We might say that Wildgoose has serious guitar chops if we didn’t think that was an absurd phrase, but suffice to say, he is a bit good at this music thingy.
If you like this then it’s also worth noting that there’s a free download of non-album track ‘New Dimensions In Sound’ to be had.
After being linked to by Summer Camp’s Elizabeth ‘Teenage Clothes’ has been doing the rounds on Twitter winning over everyone that’s given it’s fuzzy brilliance a chance.
As you’d guess from the album artwork there’s a Smiths influence in Heathers, but it doesn’t overpower what is two and a half minutes of joyous lo-fi pop. It’s certainly the most fun thing we’ve heard that’s come out of LA in a while, AND it’s a free download. Get on it!
Note: These guys aren’t to be confused with the Dublin based folksy popsters of the same name.
This is really great stuff from the Leeds-based group and has ensured that forthcoming debut album Say It is a record that we can’t wait to get our hands on.
Catchy and quickly paced, ‘London Bound’ has elements of Altered Images quirky pop and The Sundays shimmering elegance about it whilst crafting an indiepop sound that’s all their own. What’s more, it’s rather addictive prompting multiple plays in anyone but the most dead at heart.
It’s a free download too, and comes packed with a rather fine remix, courtesy of James Hare. Strongly recommended.
The title track of one of our favourite albums of last year, ‘English Weather’ is the latest single by ace popsters Paintings of Ships.
Keeping with their DIY aesthetic the video was recorded on the bands phone and details a day in the life of a threadbare teddy bear. It’s very sweet and should hopefully throw some more attention the bands way.
If you want more of a taste of their album you can get a free download of ‘Summer Love’ on our free Pop Kept Loud download EP, or check out the whole album at their bandcamp page.
50) Under-Esitmate The Girl - Kate Nash 49) Do You Really - Glow Kit 48) Bats In The Attic (Unravelled) - King Creosote & Jon Hopkins 47) Stop Kicking - Blood Red Shoes 46) Something New - Girls Aloud 45) State Hospital - Frightened Rabbit 44) Blue Dahlia - The Gaslight Anthem 43) Summer, Somewhere - Screaming Maldini 42) Listen To Your Head - Kaiser Chiefs 41) Dark Star - Poliça 40) Default - Django Django 39) Coastal Command - Wild Billy Childish & The Spartan Dreggs 38) The Pain Comes Easy (The Rest Is Hard) - Paintings of Ships 37) 3 Hearts - Johnny Foreigner 36) She Crows (Document Minor Emotional Breakdown #4) - Los Campesinos! 35) Beeswing - The Futureheads 34) Piledriver Waltz - Caitlin Rose 33) Food - The Lovely Eggs 32) Electricity - Arctic Monkeys 31) Beneath The Waves An Ocean - Future of the Left 30) Rent - Field Music 29) Sixteen Salteens - Jack White 28) My Heart Beats - Veronica Falls 27) White Noise - Gaz Coombes 26) Simple Song - The Shins 25) We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift 24) Chi-Town - The Cribs 23) Season In Hell - Dum Dum Girls 22) Spitfire - Public Service Broadcasting 21) Always - Summer Camp 20) They Launched A Probe - The Winter Olympics 19) Centre of Your Universe - Internet Forever 18) Gold On The Ceiling - The Black Keys 17) Murmurations - Tall Ships 16) Tina Weymouth - This Many Boyfriends 15) Darth Vader - Standard Fare 14) The Battle Of Peterborough - MJ Hibbett & The Validators 13) Pelican - The Maccabees 12) Mind Control - Friends 11) After You - Pulp 10) Closer - Tegan and Sara 09) The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids 08) Under The Westway - Blur 07) So Long - Taffy 06) Leave Your Body Behind You - Richard Hawley 05) The Beach Girls And The Monster - Bordeauxxx 04) Hips And Lips - Maxïmo Park 03) Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us - The Darkness 02) Capricornia - Allo Darlin’ 01) The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES
There’s a small handfull of tracks missing, but it’s mostly complete. Thanks to John for compiling it.