The last time POST/POP had a Model Village release (2014’s “You Chose These Woes”) it ended up being one of the sounding tapes we have ever done. Chocablok full of incredible pop songs that showed no sign of relenting, so it was a shame we had to wait this long for some new tracks.
While the band are busy touring and preparing the new album (out in the Autumn and recorded metres away from the POST/POP office!) they managed to drop this EP. It’s called “Burger Party” and I can only assume it’s because thats an awesome name for an EP. Here is the official blurb:
Self-reliant sophistipop sextet Model Village return for 2015 with “Burger Party” – a 3-track EP of songs about family, pets, and unwarranted reunions.
So PXP001 aka the Just They Way tape from Hettie is all sold out (original tape post here!). I made 50 baby-pink tapes and they are all gone (save for a few at Rough Trade NYC and 1 forever held at The British Library. The lucky few of you are currently in possession of this hopefully soon to be legendary tape, and I’m sure by now you want to know a little more about Hettie. Well she is 16 from Littlehampton and she goes to BIMM which is that music college in Brighton that basically creates pop stars. In this post I am going to give you all the info I can and by the time Hettie releases her next record, you will presumably be able to relate more to her lyrics. as you’ll know her!
Okay so let’s start with how I know her. Hettie came on my radio show on Phoenix 98FM (www.phoenixfm.com) in September 2013. She wasn’t meant to be on my show, but another presenter had left the station and she was scheduled to be on his show… so she ended up on mine. FATE! Usually I am a little cautious when this sorta thing happens as I like to pick the bands that appear on my show, myself, that way there is some quality control, but I sometimes it all just works out. Hettie came in and we made a horrible tasting smoothie, on the previous presenter’s show as she needed 2 volunteers. That was a good introduction to just how bad Hettie is at making smoothies. I now know to never to accept a drink from Hettie as it will taste like pond water 🙂 My show was up next and below you can hear the audio and see some videos from it! The audio is 2 hours long so listen to this in the bath or something 🙂
great huh? So that was my intro to Hettie and her music. She obviously has something special, so I got my friend Kenny Lee – who has been in approx 1 million bands – to remix the original version of Just The Way and that’s what you hear on the single!
We then decided to film more videos as the ones above came out really well so I went to Brighton (btw Brighton, your arcades have gone downhill in the last decade, sort that out please) and filmed the videos you see below:
this is “bad blood” and this particular video got 250k+ views on Vube.com. We filmed it in one take!
an acoustic version of “just the way”. I persuaded the nervous looking carny guy to let us jump into his booth and film. His boss walked past so thats why you can see him biting his nail as he was about to get sacked.
this one is called “cut me off” and its quite a sad little song, but Hettie isn’t always so emo!
We did a few more but I am making that into a little documentary at some point. Oh we took tons of photos too. Hettie is modelling the amazing sunglasses/3D glasses from Ingri:Dahl in alot of these photos. If you want them too, go to www.ingridahl.com as they are amazing supporters of Hettie’s music and just lovely people to boot!
Not too shabby with a camera if I do say so myself! You are welcome to use any of the photos above for any articles or to just generally show to people! So what happened next? Well Hettie came on my show again in December 2013. This is a XMAS themed video! By now, I was very much into getting a cool looking vid, even from a live recording….
I absolutely love this song. It’s called No Guarantee but you ARE guaranteed to enjoy it.
I first heard No Guarantee when in bed, half asleep I got a text from Hettie syaing “I made a little song, dont know if it’s any good, I’ll send it to you if you want…’ So through hazy dreams, I replied “okay” and drifted back into Nod. The phone in my hand buzzed to wake me up and I had a text with an attachment. I pressed play and closed my eyes again. I listened and then when it had finished I listened again. I was now wide awake. “Hettie you do realise this is the best song ever right?” I text back. She didn’t realise and she still doesn’t, but it really is some kind of wonderful. A few days after she appeared on my show for the second time, I got her into the studio, Resident Studios to be exact, where they film bits of X-Factor when prospect-pop-stars get cut down for not giving “110%”.
Hettie wanted the songs she did to sound like CHVRCHES mixed with Phantogram mixed with a few other amazing bands and somehow the engineer/producer – brilliantly named Caradog – did it. We came out with 2 fully formed songs; uptempo, current pop/electro songs with a hint of folk that will hopefully amaze everyone. If you listen to Phoenix FM you will have heard both songs on my show, but all the other DJs also play No Guarantee frequently.
So I think it was the natural evolution of our collabs so far that I release something for her but it had to be special. I’ve wanted to start a tape label for a while as I have always loved the format and like Hettie, I am obsessed with all things 80s (I am going to do an even longer article on why I started this label – featuring another appearance from Injured Fox!) so it felt right that Hettie would be the first release. I don’t think Hettie will mind TOO much if I tell you that she told me she cried when she first heard her music on cassette tape (in a good way!) because it’s a physical object that holds meaning. You can touch it, feel it, throw it across the room, but its there. It exists. It makes the music REAL instead of the song-skipping culture that exists now, as with tape you kinda have to listen to everything in one big go. Look there she is with her tapes!
And what most people don’t know is if you put a bunch of the tapes together you get a big photo of Hettie! Idea thanks to Neil Buchanan of ART ATTACK!
Now you know why the label on your tape looks like the corner of someone’s face. Thanks for supporting HETTIE and POST/POP in these early days and as you can see, I have alot of stuff happening in a very short space of time, so keep your eye on this site and especially on Hettie’s career.
If you are reading this and want her to play your gig somewhere or guest on your track or if you just want to proclaim your undying love, then hit her up on twitter!
Welcome to the latest spotlight on one of the 26 bands/artists that will appear on the POST/POP vs Cassette Culture Collaboration Compilation (PXP006). I aim to have one of these interviews every single day so by the time we release the album at the end of March you will know each band initmately! Next up is OURSELVES THE ELVES, all the way from The Philippines! I’m so pleased to have a band on this album representing SE Asia, and the song in question, “I Wouldn’t Mind” sounds like Rilo Kiley before Jenny Lewis got too big for her boots. This is a good thing. Let’s see what they have to say for themselves…
Who are you? Where are you from? Somewhere exotic? Are there any nice record shops there?
We are Ourselves the Elves and we’ve been playing ever since the three of us met in a college dorm where we lived in when we were freshmen. We’re from the Philippines, where it’s sunny all the time, in the big city of Manila. It’s at the center of the country where anything and everything cool happens all the time so yes, there are some pretty nice record shops. You’d have to dig your way through, passing by a lot of lame record shops, to find them though. Although most of the records you’d get are old and beat up, the new ones probably sell for jacked up prices. If anything, the little bars where the little bands like us play are way cooler. What genre would you pigeonhole yourself into?
Pop. Or pop/folk. POLK!
What are your non-musical influences?
Films, art, cupcakes, beer, Adventure Time, toasted marshmallows, brunch with our closest friends, people’s girlfriends and people’s boyfriends, nature, offensive jokes, our mommies and daddies, KFC
How did you find out about this collaboration/compilation and what made you send me your songs?
Our guitar player was looking for magazines to send our stuff to, and he came across the r/cassetteculture sub.
You are in a dusty room. Time hangs heavy in the air. Before you is an ancient table, carved from a twisted tree that once stood proudly atop a lost mountain. Upon this great table is a gilded envelope. You open the envelope slowly, knowing that it will give you the answer that you have been waiting for ever since you started this journey. You have lost many friends and gained untold enemies along the way. All for this. This moment. You carefully remove the parchment, feeling the edges until it draws blood. You notice not, as your eyes flicker across the page. Your blind companion, so loyal, even though you traded his eyes for safe passage and a mixtape, brings his ear close to your lips and asks you the question. “What did the letter say?” and your answer is……
“You know what, I forgot.”
Do you listen to tapes yourself? Do you think there’s a future for the format?
We used to, but would still be very much interested if ever we get more access to them in this time and age. Most of our record shops here don’t sell tapes anymore, and the artists we know of who record on tapes can be counted on fingers. To be honest, with the hegemony of the digital format, it’s hard to picture a great future for tapes. I mean, even with CDs nowadays, most people have been less kind. BUT with people like you guys who promote the format, as well as music lovers, collectors, and enthusiasts, the cassette tape will never die. As long as there are people who believe, we can always be optimistic. Hopefully, the number of tapes and the number of people who appreciate them will grow.
What’s the one thing people should know about you before they listen to your track?
That this track was recorded independently at our friend’s house. He had the mic, the computer, the audio interface, and the skills to mix and master. Almost all of our songs were done this way.
What’s the one thing people should know after they listen to your track?
That we’re not all that. Most people listen to tracks like these and shove it under the labels ‘indie pop’, ‘cutesy’, ‘twee’ but we don’t want people to think that we’re all that. Since we have a whole bunch of other songs that don’t sound like this track, we’re currently working on being bigger than what people think we’re capable of.
Thank You Ourselves The Elves! Read more of the interviews from bands on the forthcoming CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE album below!