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George Holroyd is a singer-songwriter who was brought up in Suffolk but moved to Nottingham for university. Whilst living up here as a student he’s made quite a name for himself in the city's music scene. He’s been a part of some great Acoustic Rooms line ups, following in the footsteps of Jake Bugg and Saint Raymond and he’s also had some great slots at several festivals including Dot to Dot, Splendour and Glastonbury. This Friday, George is releasing his debut EP Peru and his launch party is right here at The Bodega. We had a few words with him in the build up to the launch.

What should we expect from the new EP?

The EP is a bit of a mixed bag really, they’re all acoustic songs but each have a different influence and sound to them, which was a bit unintentional but I think it works quite nicely. I’ve waited a long time to release an EP as I wanted to be sure it was exactly what I wanted (there was also a bit of faffing around too), and I think these 4 songs are my favourites so far.

Where did it get recorded?

I recorded it in Newbury at Studio 91 with Sam Winfield, a great guy and a seriously, seriously good producer who’d been recommended to me by Joe from Amber Run. I’d never spent much time in the studio before and had never recorded any of my originals so wasn’t really sure what to expect, but he made it very easy and somehow got me to play in time with a click track (for the most part!).

Do you have a favourite song on the EP?

My favourite is Howl, but Peru turns into a nice medley with one of my favourite ever songs live which is always a lot of fun to play. What do you like about playing gigs in Nottingham? I really like how responsive the audiences are, and the general culture of going out to see some live music that is present everywhere throughout the city. On any given night you’ll have a choice of loads of venues putting on a show, and they’ve always pulled in a crowd, which is a great opportunity as a performer.



What’s been your favourite gig to play so far?

I actually have two in recent memory that have been pretty unforgettable. Firstly playing to the fully packed Rescue Rooms bar in the late afternoon at Dot to Dot last year was fantastic, such a good atmosphere! My hands took a battering though.. Secondly was a more recent gig for Sofar Sounds in a living room just up the road from me in Lenton, it was fully acoustic and a bit daunting as it was much more intimate than I’ve played before, but was a lot of fun. There’s a video from that airing soon on YouTube!

You’re originally from Suffolk, how does the Nottingham music scene compare?

Well the sheer scale of the Nottingham scene is fantastic because there are more opportunities to play here (and to a larger audience in general), but my local music scene back at home is very good and there are a lot of people in the area who play and put on gigs, the amount of venues is just lesser.

You're still currently studying. How do you find splitting your time between music and university work?

It’s been pretty stressful at times but I’m nearing the end of my degree now, playing and going to gigs has been a great way to spend an evening after a day doing uni work and I’ve made some great friends through it outside of university. Dot to Dot is always a bit touch-and-go as it falls in the middle of exam time, I just have to pray there’s no exam the Monday (and generally Tuesday..) after!

Are you looking forward to this Friday's launch?

I really am, I’m itching to play again and I can’t wait for the full EP to finally be out for people to listen to. I’ve also got a lot of friends from all around the country coming to watch so it’ll be great to see everyone and catch up with them afterwards! You can expect a lot of energy, I’ll be playing the EP and other originals with a few covers thrown in for good measure. Afterwards? Some interesting dance moves at Pop Confessional..

Tell us a bit about your three support acts?

I first saw Connor Spray at Acoustic Rooms about 18 months ago when he did a cracking cover of “Waiting for the Rapture” by Oasis as part of a great set. The originals he has written since are fantastic and I love his stage presence, he puts a lot of energy into his performance which I really like, as well as being a top bloke. Make sure you get down early for him on Friday. Molly and Jack are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, with harmonies to match. They do so much with just two voices and a guitar onstage, and have written some lovely songs over the past few years (my favourite is “Empty Streets”). Molly is a Fleetwood Mac fanatic and they did a cover of “Dreams” last time I saw them that blew me away, I can't wait to watch them play again. I’ve played so many gigs with Cheshire and the Cat over the last 3 years around Nottingham (in pubs, clubs, houses, street corners..) it wouldn’t have felt right to not have them here, their lineup seems to have changed every time I see them but they continue to churn out their unique brand of rock/swing/ska/jazz (I’m not really sure what to class it as, but it certainly makes you get up and dance) with every performance. No party is complete without them.

Tickets for George's EP Launch on Friday are available here.

The POP GROUP live at The Bodega

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Hi guys 'n gals, it's the Rev here again.

Bloody H-E-L-L !!!!!  -   I am VERY excited.

Just announced half an hour ago, and playing the bar in OCTOBER
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For those of you too young to know what I'm getting so worked up about, here is their WIKIPEDIA entry...

The Pop Group are a British post-punk band from Bristol, England, formed in 1978, whose dissonant sound spanned punk, free jazz, funk and dub reggae. Their lyrics were often political in nature.

Formed by Mark Stewart (lyrics, vocals), Jon Waddington (guitar), Gareth Sager (guitar), Simon Underwood (bass) and Bruce Smith (drums, percussion), they issued their debut single, "She is Beyond Good and Evil" on Radar Records in March 1979.

The Pop Group Y album cover image

Their debut album Y, was produced by Dennis Bovell to critical acclaim but low sales figures. Although it did not chart, the album's success was sufficient to convince Rough Trade to sign the band, but not before more line-up changes, with Dan Catsis replacing Underwood on bass.

The band's career with Rough Trade commenced with what is possibly their best-known single, "We Are All Prostitutes", which features a guest appearance by free improviser Tristan Honsinger on cello. This was followed by the release of their second album, For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? in 1980, which includes a contribution from US proto-rappers The Last Poets.

THE POP GROUP

Shortly afterwards The Pop Group released a split single, "Where There's a Will...", with The Slits, a band with whom they now shared a drummer (Bruce Smith) and managers (Christine Robertson and Dick O'Dell), as well as a growing interest in exploring musical genres such as dub and funk rhythms.

The band split in 1981, after legal wranglings and internal disagreements. Members of the group went on to join bands including Pigbag, Maximum Joy, Head, The Slits and Rip Rig + Panic, the latter notable for the involvement of Neneh Cherry. Stewart collaborated with the On-U Sound posse, issuing records firstly as Mark Stewart and Maffia, then as a solo artist.

The Pop Group's poster for "We Are All Prostitutes" featured prominently in episode 2 of the BBC series Ashes to Ashes.

It was reported on 24 May 2010 that The Pop Group would be reuniting. Stewart announced the first two dates of a reunion tour. Three members of the original line up were part of the reunion with two gigs in London and two in Italy initially confirmed. The band issued a statement explaining the reunion, saying "There was a lot left undone,....we were so young and volatile....Let's face it, things are probably even more fucked now than they were in the early 80's.....and we are even more fucked off!"

The Pop Group played live in Paris (for the first time) on 6 September 2010, at La Machine Du Moulin Rouge venue as part of "L'Etrange Festival" Film Festival which served as a kick off to their five date tour through Europe which included a London gig on New Year's Eve with Sonic Youth and Shellac.

In a 2010 interview, Stewart said that the reformed Pop Group was recording a new album, to be titled The Alternate.

The band were chosen to perform at the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival curated by ATP & Portishead in September 2011 in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

The have been cited as an important influence in the development of alternative music in the 1980s; Mike Watt, of Minutemen and, more recently, Nick Cave, have cited The Pop Group as an important source of inspiration on their own work. In November 2013, the band played the final holiday camp edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England.

Albums
Y (April 1979, Radar Records; reissued on CD by Radar in 1996 and Rhino Records in 2007)
For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? (March 1980, Rough Trade Records - included collaboration with The Last Poets)
We Are Time (December 1980, Rough Trade)
We Are All Prostitutes (retrospective compilation album, 1998, Radar Records)
Idealists In Distress from Bristol (official bootleg compilation album, 2007, Vinyl Japan, double CD, Japan only release)

Singles
"She Is Beyond Good and Evil" / "3.38" (March 1979, Radar Records)
"We Are All Prostitutes" / "Amnesty International Report" (October 1979, Rough Trade Records)
"Where There's A Will There's A Way" (March 1980, Rough Trade split release with The Slits: "In the Beginning There Was Rhythm")

 

Watch the World Cup at The Bodega!

Here at The Bodega we are BIG football fans, so this year we have gone all out on the World Cup!

We'll be showing every single match that we possibly can across three screens...DEAD GOOD!!!

Here's what you can expect...

◍ £2.50 PINTS OF ONE OF ENGLAND AND NOTTINGHAM'S FINEST ALES, HARVEST PALE ◍

◍ A HOT, STEAMING RANGE OF DELICIOUS PIEMINISTER PIES ◍

◍ A 10FT HD SCREEN IN THE BEER GARDEN, AS WELL AS SCREENS IN THE BAR AND UPSTAIRS ◍

◍ SUPER FRIENDLY STAFF, AS ALWAYS! ◍

◍ 2 PINTERS OF CARLSBERG, GAYMERS AND SAN MIGUEL ◍

◍ THEMED SHOOT!-ERS ◍

Book yourselves a table by emailing us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with how many people are coming and whether you want to be upstairs, downstairs or in the garden!

Vice • Saving South Sudan

Anybody else out there blown away by the last issue of VICE magazine (Volume 12 #4) Saving South Sudan.

Hands-down the best issue they've ever done in my humble opinion.

For those that missed out on it, you can read the whole thing up on the Vice website by double clicking the image below...
Vice Magazine South Sudan issue & link

You can also watch (links below) Robert Young Pelton  and  Tim Freccia 's fantastic film that accompanies the whole issue.

SAVING SOUTH SUDAN Film link • part #1

SAVING SOUTH SUDAN Film link • part #2

SAVING SOUTH SUDAN Film link • part #3

For those of you who read the original article, here's some footage of Riek Machar's first wife, Emma McCune.

Odd!?

Thanks for listening...

yer pal The Rev XXX

Bodega set times • Dot To Dot 2014

Here you go folks, a complete running order for your Dot To Dot day at The Bodega.

Also below, a link for running orders/set times at ALL the venues in Nottingham

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...and for all the rest of the venues please see the Dot To Dot 2014 page/Bodega gig listings...
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