Unpop is delighted two tapes. Featuring the live recordings or an Unpop gig last year.
Both are recorded on stupidly high quality chrome tape.
Only £3 and limited to 40 copies each.
The Just Joans Tape
The Just Joans are one of the most underrated bands in Scotland, producing songs that are (in equal part) maudlin and hilarious. Yet their idiosyncratic lyrical/musical vision - fusing elements of The Smiths, Arab Strap with a distinct attachment to indie pop/twee music - has made them into a cult band with a following that extends internationally, far beyond their roots in Motherwell, North Lanarkshire.
2012 debut vinyl LP release Buckfast Bottles In The Rain is a brilliant distillation of their vision, encompassing love, regret, poignancy and hope in pop-song format. Essentially, all the good stuff.
The Spook School Tape
The Spook School are a young, hungry Edinburgh band with something to prove. They are four hip indie gun-slingers with a raucous attitude and mean chops. The Spook School will annoy your parents, and may well chuck your VCR out the upstairs window of your house.
Actually, none of this is true. The Spook School are - in fact - a largely wholesome, friendly and decent group of folks (apart from their reprobate drummer). After wowing the Indietracks festival audience last summer with a rough-hewn set of scuzzy but sensitive indie pop in the sunshine, this Edinburgh quartet have gone from strength to strength. Newly signed to London pop's quintessential record label Fortuna (home to Allo Darlin', Herman Dune and many other legends), they will be putting out their debut LP later this year.
In the meantime, there's this tape. Recorded at their gig supporting The Just Joans in June 16th, this limited edition release documents a band in rough, exuberant form, with 'History', 'Camerman' and 'Devil Of Mine' highlights. It also documents the 'unique' banter of drummer Niall.