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Club Interview: Unpop Indiepop Party – Fri 11th @ Wee Red, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh


Interview

As the Capitals quintessential C86 Dance Party returns for only their sixth evening of jangling, The Wee Review catches up with the gang.

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Unpop is Edinburgh’s quintessential C86 Dance-Party, for over a year swooping into the Wee Red Bar to deliver doses of proper Indie Pop – from Belle & Sebastian to Talluah Gosh – dodging any generic indie predictability to get folk shimmying. Assembled by a trio of tweesters (Amy, Adam and Kieran) their 6th night of jangle goodness, cakes and mixtapes is lined up for Friday. The Wee Review squeezed from fresh information from the guys ahead of one of the bravest club nights in town…

With the capital consistently a city bereft of quality alternative rock/pop clubnights. Barring the effervescent Saturday night essential, Egg – the vein of glossy and inoffensive ‘indie’ nights that revolve around the modern mainstream of Kasabian to safe classics of The Beatles. Whereas Glasgow has always had the finest in kaleidoscopic, mustically brave club nights that thrive on an atmosphere and love for off-the-beaten-track beats such as the infamous Optimo.
In a similar vein was National Pop League, a monthly huddle in The Woodside Social in a boudeur corridor of the City’s West end. This offering a veritable buffet of dusty vinyl hits you’d heard John Peel play, once, three years earlier and is undoubtedly at the core of Flying Duck’s Half My Heart Beats indie-pop night. But gluing this together with fanzines, badges and general friendly familiarity it’s a blueprint that is clearly echoed in Unpop’s ethos:

Amy: “We loved the spirit of NPL and were definitely aiming to recreate something of the atmosphere of their nights at the Woody, but I also grew up in Sheffield where Offbeat was very much a formative influence for me. I was certainly inspired by their night more than anything else when I was cooking up plans for a putative indiepop night in Edinburgh.”

Arguably the venue layout at The Woodside offered the most warming part of any NPL, but with Edinburgh being outweighed by Masonic Halls instead of Social Clubs, the ECA’s Wee Red Bar and their Chesterfield suites surely offer a decent substitute?

Kieran: We haven’t found any social clubs in Edinburgh that’d have us yet!

Whilst most club nights exhaust themselves with a weekly residency or run out of ideas with a monthly night, Unpop is only approaching it’s sixth turnout in almost 18 months – choosing effective times of the year, such as the impending ‘Anti-Valentines Day’ night, to get the dancefloor sticky. They face no problems with any lack of consistency, however:

Kieran: It makes it more of an event, but if it does focus things, it’s only very slightly. We’re all kind of disorganised by nature and a lot of the prep (tape making, thinking about tunes you’re going to play, flyering/pestering people) starts a week or two before. The post-mortem period, however, lasts a long ass time! The love of the people of Edinburgh, one and all, is reward enough for us.

With a distinct lack of truely ‘indie-pop’ nights on the UK radar, Unpop’s Capital work has stood out – recently culminating their 1st Birthday celebrations in DJ’ing the Friday of Edinburgh Popfest late October.

This time around, Paul Richards from London towns’ monthly post-pop Scared to Dance club night come up the M1 to show how the other Captial how it’s done:

Kieran: Paul contacted us and asked if he could play some tunes and we said yes. He seems like a nice guy. Some mates of mine who live in London speak very highly of his club night, so I’m looking forward to a really awesome set.

With the guys moving onwards and upwards in the Twee Monarchy, an invite has been extended for a DJ set of their own at the annual C86 pilgrimage at the fifth Indietracks festival in England:

Amy: I’ve been going along to Indietracks ever since the first event in April 2007 and to be honest, in some ways I consider it my spiritual home. I’m planning on just playing all the things I know I’d want to dance to when slightly tipsy. At a Railway museum. In Derbyshire. after spending all day watching my favourite indiepop bands. And playing on steam trains with my friends.

Plus requests, obviously.

From student unions to DJ’ing at festivals, where will the Unpop pin badge roll next?

Kieran: I guess the next stop is the O2, right? I definitely see Unpop moving in a sort of Chemical Brothers-esque direction…

Surely they need to work up to the levels of unlikely Godfather of Indiepop DJ’s, BBC Football Pundit Pat Nevin, first?

Adam: I was damn impressed by Pat Nevins storming set at Belle and Sebastian ATP!

Kieran: If we could coax him off the radio, that’d be lovely. Monochrome Set’s Jacob’s Ladder goes out to him on February 11th!

A guest DJ slot for Unpop 7, maybe guys?
Living in Duns automatically makes Unpop his local indie club team!