Jan 102011

Local hipsters and music afficinados will be familiar with Pure Pop Records in Barkly Street St Kilda and their famous beer garden gigs, which have regularly hosted local musical glitterati such as Conway Savage, Charles Jenkins & Tim Rogers, along with bands from all around Australia including The Gin Club, Halfway, Steve Kilbey and Kate Miller-Heidke amongst others.

Their intimate stage has also hosted international artists including Barry Adamson, Academy Award winners The Swell Season, Charlie Parr and Dean & Britta (Luna/Galaxie 500) for over 5 years.

Pure Pop is possibly the only record store, cafe, live music venue in the world – and they have heaps of devoted local patrons to prove it. The beer is cold, the staff is friendly and the music is beyond awesome….

in fact the only complaint that has ever been leveled about a Pure Pop gig is that they fill up too quickly because the courtyard is only licensed for 50 bodies at a time and gigs have to end early, due to Council’s curfew.

With this in mind, store owners Dave Stevens & Elaine May have decided to expand for one night only and hold a gig featuring their favourite musicians at the Prince Bandroom in St Kilda.

They invited the entire Pure Pop mailing list to help them name the show and the winning entry was Pop Goes The Curfew.

Dave and Elaine are thrilled to announce one of their favourite bands, The Men, is “jetting in, direct from Sweden to headline the gig!”

The Men is a Mod outfit from Lund, Sweden and they were the first artists ever to record on the Pure Pop label, circa 2003, and are flying to Oz by special request to kick off the festivities. They’re known as something of a small “supergroup” since they formed out of four already established Swedish garage bands, The Sinners, The Girls, Thee Expression and Colubrids.

The sum of their parts is The Men – the ultimate live-band; explosive, stylish, tight, groovy, cool and fun – no shoegazers!

They will be joined by the mighty Gun Street Girls and local favourites Pony Face. Special performances by Tim Rogers, Charles Jenkins, Jeff May, Ryan Coffey, Hugh of The Skybombers and Heath & Alex of Dirt River Radio fame will also feature at the gig and musically oriented comedy duo Anyone For Tennis will host the night.

“We can’t wait to throw open the doors at the Prince Bandroom, listen to loads of great loud music, drink too much and not have to clean up afterwards!”

Get tickets to Pop Goes The Curfew at Pure Pop Records, 221 Barkly St in St Kilda or online at www.purepop.com.au or www.princebandroom.com.au for $20.00 plus bf.

See you there!

For more info, interviews or sounds from The Men please ring Karen Conrad on 0400 527 365.