By Lee Hammond
September 5, 2013
So tonight’s gig takes place in what’s fast becoming one of the North East’s hottest places to hang out. For those who don’t know (where have you been hiding!?), Pop Recs Ltd. is Frankie & The Heartstrings’ record shop. Located in the band’s hometown of Sunderland they’re providing a similar service to what Rough Trade do in London providing not only top class records but also a bar, café and the best in live music.
Tonight is no exception hosting the brilliant Slow Club, with the duo using this opportunity to showcase a number of tracks from their upcoming album. However, they mention in passing that there is a distinct possibility that none of the tracks will make the final cut of the LP.
Playing a stripped back set to a quiet attentive audience in Sunderland on a Saturday night (that’s not something that happens very often). The new tracks are met with approval, as is the band’s stage patter. At times you’d be forgiven for thinking you were at a stand up comedy gig. The band claim to be out of practice but their new work is excellent, heartfelt and deep. Whilst this was only a short set it undoubtedly left the crowd wanting more I can’t wait to see which of the new songs heard this evening make the forthcoming LP.
In terms of Pop Recs Ltd. they have a number of other great bands coming up in the not so distant future:
Sky Larkin – September 20
Tim Burgess – September 29
Pins – October 12
Further photographs of the event can be viewed here.