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Jul 12

Orca Team + Joanna Gruesome

With Orca Team, Joanna Gruesome and Mouse Deer at The Croft


Thursday 12 July 2012 at 8:00pm


The Croft
117-119 Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RW, United Kingdom

Tel: +44-(0)117-9874144


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Pop Off! and Indie-Gestion presents a night of fuzz filled pop loveliness:

Joanna Gruesome
Mouse Deer

in the Front Bar at The Croft on Thursday July 12th! £5 adv, tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop.

Orca Team have come all the way from the US to play Indietracks and spread their summery vibes. Joanna Gruesome hail from Cardiff, that's practically next door. Come join the post-Indietracks come-down party!


A 1960s Post Punk Beach Party from the confusing waters of the Pacific Northwest. They make the music of a punk trio if everyone in the band decided to keep their volume low and their tones clean. Each song is short, sung with a lonesome croon, equipped with a melodic bass line, and drenched in reverb. Songs topics range from wearing a retainer, traveling to foreign cities, being a boring person, letting go of past feelings for a lover, and being a spoiled trust-funded baby. ORCA TEAM began in Portland, OR, but has migrated up to Seattle, WA. The TEAM now consists of Dwayne Cullen, Leif Anders and Jessica B. Top influences include Dusty Springfield, Young Marble Giants, The Flamingos, The Slits, Pylon, Del Shannon, The Smiths, Jan and Dean and The Raincoats.


Cardiff-based, dual male/female vocal-led five-piece teen sensation Joanna Gruesome sound like all of your favourite 80s and 90s indie bands rolled into one. Dinosaur Jr, Lush, The Pastels, My Bloody Valentine, Superchunk, Mega City 4, blah blah blah – it’s all in there somewhere. With an EP available for free download doing the rounds and a new record planned for release early in 2012 on the blogtastic Radio One endorsed Art Is Hard label you’re going to be hearing a lot more from this lot very soon.


Mouse Deer is the alter-ego of Holly McIntosh, a multi-instrumentalist living in Bristol who produces lo-fi power pop songs about coming of age in a run-down seaside town fuelled by heartache, hope, escapism, old LPs and cups of tea. The sound harks back to the itchy hyper-pop of early Todd Rundgren and XTC, with lush swoops of 'Court And Spark' era Joni Mitchell and warm, complex textures that owe much to alt-rock pioneers Sufjan Stevens, Loney Dear and Grizzly Bear.

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