Music notes: Saturday launch for Mondays

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IN SPITE of their name Sheffield’s The Monday Club launch their new EP tomorrow with a show at Plug.

Up Is Up, launched the same day as a digital download and as a limited release CD, is the first official product since their Champagne Talkers demo.

Help Stamp Out Loneliness

Help Stamp Out Loneliness

Canned at 2Fly Studios, the band say it showcases their swaggering indie rock sound which fuses ’90s Britpop influences with the guitar driven excitement of Hendrix, Free and Weller.

Opening track Life And Soul promises psychedelic, swirling feedback, John Squire-esque guitar riff and euphoric chorus while Amateur Commander is a pounding rock and roll track finely balanced with ’60s-influenced vocal harmonies with the story of a wild, untamed character everyone knows but loves to hate.

Earthy, blues infused Lately and indie anthem Alive complete the new set from the band formed a year ago by school friends Paul Hawksworth and Darren Ullyett.

They also play Barnsley Lucorum on May 20.

The Monday Club

The Monday Club

Fogg clears way for Forum frolic

TIPPED by some as a “one-man wall of intelligent electronica”, Mr Fogg has caused something of an online stir with the video for his next single Answerphone.

“When I came up with the concept I was told by producers that it would cost between £25,000 and £50,000 to do it, so I ended up ignoring them and doing most of it myself,” he says of the footage that has drawn around 100,000 views.

One shot, with no tricks or cheating, the DIY video emerges from a self-confessed workaholic artist, producer, writer and label boss who has also collaborated with American History X director Tony Kaye.

Fogg made a triumphant appearance at Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2010, with a full marching band, following the release of his Moving Parts album of sharp accessible electro pop.

Answerphone is released on March 21 – the same day he plays Sheffield’s Forum.

Grey day for Stamp collectors

AFTER marking out their boundaries with two singles featuring four a-sides and several radio sessions for BBC 6 Music, Manchester sextet Help Stamp Out Loneliness go to The Greystones tomorrow with their eponymous début album looming.

Due on May 9 and co-produced by Craig ‘The Fifth Smith’ Gannon, it is teased up by first single Record Shop on April 16.

HSOL, pictured, were formed by Bentley Cooke (guitar) and Colm McCrory (bass) from the ashes of Language Of Flowers. They recruited Star & Garter’s Ben Ambridge (drums) and Louise Winfield (organ), completing with pianist Kath McMahon and Nico-esque singer D. Lucille Campbell.

They share a bill with State Broadcasters, the band formed by former Glasgow librarians Graeme Black and Pete MacDonald.