Monorail Music's inaugural A Weekend Abroad festival at the CCA was a complete blast. Unfortunately, due to prior pop commitments (more on this later), I wasn't able to witness Night School Records' evening of interplanetary oddness, wryly observational synth pop and dreamy dance float but I did get to enjoy The Pastels and friends bring warmth and good humour and ENERGY to the sometimes sterile main performance space. Normal Love's debut showcased hit after hit with Roxanne and Eilidh's voices combining to moving effect. One song, I'm guessing called "Angela", was supernaturally beautiful. Recordings must follow! Next up were Spinning Coin who rampaged through their set with conviction and heart. They never sounded better. Debsey Wykes and Paul Kelly's Birdie were as endearingly funny and melodically rich as I could have wished, the tinge of melancholy in Debsey's voice making it the perfect autumn sound. The Pastels closed the evening with yet another reminder that when they're on it and their subtleties can be heard, few can match them. What a night!
To mark the occasion some friends (see below for more from them) and I produced a little fanzine. J and I assembled 105 in all in an assortment of autumn leaves colours. As an altruistic gesture, we gave them away for free. All the physical fanzines are now gone but there's a digital copy here for those that missed out.
Read/see more from the 'zine's contributors here:
Andrew R Hill's Blasted Journal
Chris Fox's La Terrasse
Chris Stevenson's Flickr