Based in Brighton, 14 Iced Bears was formed in 1985 by Robert Sekula and drummer Nick Emery. Their punky, DIY pop ethic held melody as key and technical expertise as less of an issue. They wrote catchy pop songs, which were recorded with a ramshackle charm reflecting a passion for -60s garage and psychedelia. Inspired by bands s.a. The Byrds and Velvet Underground, this set them apart from their C86 contemporaries. Their debut/album from 1988 is a masterpiece of psychedelic pop that turned a lot of heads with its ambition and skilled songcraft. The album betrayed the influence of -60s psychedelia on the group and beca... + INFO
14 Iced Bears- second album, -Wonder-, was originally released in 1991. By this time the members were listening to The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, Big Star and the 13th Floor Elevators, which made them stray even further from their early indie/pop origins towards spaced out soundscapes. Obviously, the result was a truly psychedelic affair. This reissue is expanded with a nine/track bonus disc that contains tracks from the EP-s -World I Love-, -Mother Sleep- and -Hold On-.
One of the great forgotten bands of the 80s indie scene, East Village, were formed by Buckinghamshire brothers Martin and Paul Kelly. 'Cubans In The Bluefields' was their debut EP. The standout track of the three on offer is 'Strawberry Window', one of the most perfect slices of indie jangle pop you'll ever hear. Blue coloured vinyl 7", limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.
Limited to 500 numbered RED coloured vinyl copies with printed inner sleeve. Line-up includes Stereolab's founding members. Includes 3 track bonus 7" single. McCarthy were formed in 1985 by Malcolm Eden, Tim Gane, John Williamson and Gary Baker. They mixed a melodic style, dominated by Gane's 12-string guitar playing, with Eden's overtly political lyrics, often satirical in tone, which reflected the band's far left leanings. After a string of singles, including "Red Sleeping Beauty" and "Frans Hals", and a track on the NME C86 album, their debut album "I Am A Wallet" was released in 1987 to much critical acclaim. Two ... + INFO
Their rst single, "Halcyon Days" was originally released in 1985. The B-side, "Like One Thousand Violins" was voted into that year's Festive 50 by listeners to John Peel's BBC Radio 1 show, the band having recorded a session for the show earlier that year. First time on 7" Part of The Optic Sevens Reissue Series. Limited to 500 copies on Splatter Vinyl Includes Poster & Postcard.