by / August 17th, 2010 /

Grand Pocket Orchestra, Girls Names, Hipster Youth – Whelan’s, Dublin

Tickets: €10/15+CD + booking fee available from WaV Tickets [lo-call 1890 200 078], City Discs, Tickets.ie and Ticketmaster

Whelanslive.com are proud to present the debut album launch from five piece noise-pop band GRAND POCKET ORCHESTRA on Sat 28th August. Titled “THE ICE CREAM” the album will be available in shops on August 27th.

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Grand Pocket Orchestra are a five piece noise-pop band. Their two EPs so far have yielded songs that sound on the surface like the world’s most naively happy things, but there’s an depth to the music that makes it stick hard in your mind even after the sun’s gone in. It was starting to feel that if their debut album took much longer to come out, some people might die of anticipation, but with a new drummer and a No Monster Club joining in a libero role, ‘The Ice Cream’ finally gets released on 27th August. Having spent the last 3 years touring all over Europe, the UK and Ireland and playing shows in North America and Canada they return to Whelan’s for their album release party, accompanied by the C86 jangle-pop of Belfast’s Girls Names and teenage electronica prodigy, Hipster Youth.

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‘The Ice Cream’

The debut album from Grand Pocket Orchestra, ‘The Ice Cream’ gets released on August 27th. After gaining a reputation for a carnivalesque live show, the band finally got around to capturing some of that on record. Building on their two previous EPs, ‘The Ice Cream’ is a ramshackle collection of eighteen charming lo-fi pop songs squeezed into a preposterous 36 minutes.

Recorded by the band themselves in a house in West Cork, and using whatever borrowed, broken or stolen gear that was available, ‘The Ice Cream’ lurches between the 4-track hiss of ‘Tickley Toes’, the reverb-laden garage of ‘I Deal in Bits and Bobs’ and the pure summer pop of ‘My Lungs’ .

The release was preceded by the single ‘Basketballs’, which was accompanied by a revolting video. An Irish and European tour will follow in the autumn.

You got your dark times and you got your happy times, Grand Pocket Orchestra are somewhere in the middle. They write happy songs about not so happy things, with the intention of making the awful seem not so bad.

It was starting to feel that if their debut album took much longer to come out, some people might die of anticipation, but with a new drummer and a No Monster Club joining a libero role, ‘The Ice Cream’ finally gets released on August 27th.

The next single to taken from the album ‘Crave the Flesh’ is due to be released in mid September.