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In­diepop 09 Rough Trade

Week in and week out, the folks at the Rough Trade shops have watched cus­tomers leave hap­pily clutch­ing just-pur­chased in­diepop records by Vi­vian Girls, The Pains of Be­ing Pure at Heart, Cause Co-Mo­tion!, Girls, and dozens of other C86-re­vival­ists. Some might won­der if there ever re­ally is a right time to re­visit the work of The Shop As­sis­tants and The Pas­tels, but the above acts and their peers have taken the spirit of those early sulky anoraks and set a new-ish fad in mo­tion. Of course, in­diepop is an elas­tic creed, which is why you have the fan­tas­tic spiky grooves of Dum Dum Girls and Cause Co-Mo­tion! nestling be­side wry, fey of­fer­ings from Los Campesinos and The Boy Least Likely To. Still, as the Man­hat­tan Love Sui­cides show, you can never go wrong with squalls of feed­back and a dead­pan fe­male vo­cal­ist.


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