Indie Pop is ecstatic, elastic and alive. The Pooches from Glasgow are just the latest band to embrace all of Indie Pop's ever changing and engaging forms of sweetness, earnestness and comfort. So let's hear what's to be said before the all important 3rd Opinion. The Pooches...
The New Record
Jimmy: It's been super exciting to sign to a good label run by such nice folks. It's a pretty personal set of songs to me, so it is nice to see it being received well so far! It's also been super cool to have the songs be fleshed out by the full band, as I started The Pooches just doing stuff at home. I am pretty proud of the way it sounds and the contributions the rest of the guys brought to the record...
The Pastels Influence
Calvin: The Pastels are certainly an influence insomuch as any band that we like influences us to some degree. I don't think we sound anything like them though. At the risk of sounding like an obscure Indie arsehole, if I were to recommend one Pastels related song it would be the cover of Primal Scream's Movin' on Up by Melody Dog, Katrina's other band. It's one of the most pure and perfect pieces of music ever made. Her voice is beautiful.
Jimmy: I would have to say Nothing To Be Done is my all time favourite. I remember hearing that as a teenager and being blown away by it. Actually, an old friend of mine made me a Pastels tape which he mailed to me when I was 17 and I remember bunking off school in the morning to listen to it. Hadn't heard anything like them at the time. Interesting Pastels fact: both me and Calvin are in the video for their song Check Your Heart!
The Chris McRoy (Catholic Action)
Calvin: Working with Chris was easy and fun. He seemed to get what we were going for with the album and wasn't afraid of making proper pop music. He's into a lot of the same stuff that we are. His set-up is essentially an elaborate bedroom studio, which I think was perfect for "capturing" our sound, so to speak.
Jimmy: Chris has a really quick and relaxed way of working, too. He offers suggestions but let us really do what we wanted and was pretty patient when we had to do stuff over and over again. He also made a point of listening to folks we were referencing too, which was nice. Plus, as Calvin mentioned, he has excellent taste...he was playing Kevin Ayers' amazing Joy of a Toy record one day when we arrived.
"Gay jangle for sad people,
sad jangle for gay people"
The Pooches are many things, but soft, idealistic, intimate, misunderstood music fans springs to mind (amongst many others, of course). It's all about this feeling, and you get it when you press play and listen to the eponymous record. It's 10 tracks, a kids drawing on the cover and lovable lyrics...
"You were there when I needed you the most/sleep in the morning waking up with a smile/I guess there's nothing I can do to make you like me". It's sweet. It's naive. It's Pop. You name it. And though it may not always be daring or challenging, it follows a strong tradition of bands ranging from The Pastels, Television Personalities, and They Might Be Giant.
Is it strange to say we are interested in how miserable the band sometimes might seem? How hard is it to seduce this particular girl? How lame was their day? How nice could their day also be? It's the Indie music voyeurism that we like, and that's why you like Indie Pop music too. Because it's so close it speaks to us so clearly. Take a song like I Don't Eat Cake as the example. In one minute the song manages to capture a feeling and mood that represents the band's entire world, and that's magic.