So on Monday I announced that TeenCanteen would be unveiling details on Tuesday of their PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds so they could complete their long-awaited debut album. And they did. But due to a combination of domestic considerations and me not being near my house (and therefore my PC) when it was announced and other such excuses it’s only now I’m posting the details.
The band have lots of great stuff on offer but some of the more interesting ones have already sold out. Even as I type they have reached 99% of their original goal. That’s not to say you don’t need to contribute because they still have lots of great goodies to buy. You can appear in the video for their next single, do handclaps on the new album, take a tour of their recording studio (while they’re there doing their thang) or purchase a very rare t-shirt/artwork by Ross Sinclair. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
There was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it opportunity to have the band perform a 30-minute acoustic set in your own home but they were snapped up sharpish. Also gone gone gone is the chance for the band to record a song of your choosing, within reason. (For the record, I’d’ve picked Kim Wilde’s Chequered Love). So get yourself over to PledgeMusic and contribute to the making of an album that promises to be very special indeed.
The Girl Effect#2
Last night TeenCanteen’s lead singer Carla was a special guest of her brother Murray as he spoke at the Apple store in Glasgow about life as a music blogger. She took the opportunity to announce the line-up for The Girl Effect #2, follow-up to the successful charity fundraiser which took place at Edinburgh’s Summerhall earlier this year. It raised £3500 for Scottish Women’s Aid.
Another stellar line-up has been put together with some acts from #1 re-appearing. The gig will take place at Mono in Glasgow on Thursday 26 November and tickets are a modest £10. I’ll see you all down the mosh pit.
The current line-up for the event, subject to change, is: TeenCanteen (hosts), Broken Records, Kathryn Joseph (solo), BMX Bandits, Skies Fell, Randolph’s Leap, Jo Mango, Sonny Marvello, Henry & Fleetwood, Sharptooth, Bodyheat, The Just Joans, The Cairn String Quartet and a DJ set from TYCI.
As with The Girl Effect #1 each act will perform two of their favourite girl group/female-led songs. Here’s the set list from The Girl Effect #1.
The GT’s performed The Cookies’ Chains and Brenda Lee & Jessi Coulter’s Tell Me Baby Why You’ve Been Gone So Long,
Bodyheat also covered The Cookies with I Never Dreamed and, a favourite of mine, We Got The Beat by The Go-Go’s,
Machines in Heaven went for Bills Bills Bills by Destiny’s Child and Nowhere to Run by Martha Reeves and the Vandellas,
Henry & Fleetwood plumped for Fortunately Gone by The Breeders and the Prince-penned Manic Monday by The Bangles,
Golden Arm continued The Bangles theme with Walk Like An Egyptian and followed it with The Pipettes’ Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me,
Flash Talk went for the double whammy of medleys with firstly a mix of Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and The Supremes on Joan Jett & The Blackhearts joining Freak Like Me/I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll and then The Runaways, seasoned with some Salt ‘n’ Pepa, on Push It/Cherry Bomb,
Duglas T. Stewart (with Norman Blake) covered the Carter-Lewis classic That Lonely Feeling, originally performed by Edinburgh sisters The McKinleys and the sublime Nobody Knows Whats Going On In My Mind by The Chiffons,
Stanley Odd fused Really Saying Something and Doin’ The Do for all Velvelettes/Betty Boo fans and then covered TeenCanteen’s single Honey,
No More Tiger brought you I Can Hear Music by The Ronettes and The Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me,
Jenny Lindsay performed a poem made up of the audience members favourite girl group lyrics,
The Spook School brought us I Love It by Icona Pop and Bratmobile’s Gimme Brains,
Broken Records did The Supremes’ Stop In The Name of Love and Modern Girl by Sleater Kinney,
Eugene Kelly (with TeenCanteen) gave us My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels and 90s number 1 Never Ever by All Saints,
TeenCanteen feat. Eugene Kelly and Dave Hook from Stanley Odd finished off the evening with Say My Name by Destiny’s Child, Waterfalls by TLC and The Ronettes’ Be My Baby.
If you can’t make it along for The Girl Effect #2, TeenCanteen have a couple of support slots coming up.On Friday 2 October they’ll be supportng Summer Camp at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh – tickets HERE – and on Monday 19 October they’ll be playing at the Hug and Pint in Glasgow alongside La Luz and Halfrican – more details HERE.