Helen McCookerybook was a John Peel favourite through the ’80s and ’90s, singing and playing bass in Brighton outsider indiepop/punk bands Jody and the Hooligans, The Smartees and The Chefs before forming her own sumptuous, country-inflected Helen and the Horns. She has more recently helped write women back into the official history of punk with her book ‘The Lost Women Of Rock: Female Musicians Of The Punk Era’, which has interviews with The Mo-dettes, The Slits and Dolly Mixture amongst others. Helen’s songs are beacons of outside of everything lyricism, and her set shall consist of songs from her new LP The Sea and classics of yore.
Karen play songs that have been inspired by The Velvet Underground, The Go Betweens and Leonard Cohen. It’s unfussy, heartfelt, quiet and loud. It perhaps takes us back to a time when bands just plugged in, played and enjoyed the moment. They are a three piece steeped in indie music heritage. Hugo plays in The Heads and Loop. Tom: Secret Shine and The Beatnik Filmstars, Davey: The Experimental Pop Band and The Brilliant Corners.
The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy are a sweet-shuffling indiepop band with a roaring jangle and skewering keys and horns, creating their own cuttingly romantic, melancholy sound in the vein of The June Brides. They formed in 2013 as The Charlie Tipper Experiment, releasing an album and accompanying singles, including the ace Ride Out, via Breaking Down Recordings. A further two EPs full of the sweet stuff and a single with Helen McCookerybook, ‘Femme Fatale’, followed as part of the new Conspiracy.