Posts Tagged ‘Amelia Fletcher’

Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey have been in so many great bands over the last 40 years, most notably Talulah Gosh and Heavenly, but also Tender Trap, Marine Research and, since 2014, The Catenary Wires. The names and other band members change over the years but the general vibe does not — indie pop that veers towards, but not too far into, twee territory with heartfelt, bookish but unpretentious lyrics. Amelia and Rob are set to release “Birling Gap”, the third Catenary Wires album, on June 18th via Shelflife and Skep Wax Records.

Previous Catenary Wires albums have been very gently, just Amelia and Rob and some lightly strummed acoustic guitars, but they’re now a five-piece, and Birling Gap looks to be a much more fleshed-out record. We’ve already heard a taste of what’s to come with “Mirrorball,” an unabashedly romantic and danceable tribute to never giving up on love and ’80s discos. They’ve now released a second single, “The Overview Effect,” a tender, dreamy number about getting older and accepting it. “Can’t things stay the same?” Rob and Amelia sing to each other, stars in their eyes, already knowing the answer.


Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey, with Fay Hallam, Andy Lewis and Ian Button.

The Catenary Wires, aka indiepop icons Amelia Fletcher and Rob Pursey (Heavenly, Talulah Gosh), release new album ‘Birling Gap’ in June 21st

A co-release with Skep Wax Records

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The Slow Summits are a bunch of stressed out middle class dreamers trying to write songs that will make the late washing up, the lawn mowing on rainy days, the ironing of non-iron shirts, the paying of past due bills and the early Saturday mornings in front of a telly showing people playing video games, a bit more jolly. Hopefully these songs will make you wonder, laugh, or nod in agreement. At best, they’ll be a momentary cure for the angst of everyday life, and will make you dance till your socks come off.

The songs aren’t that extraordinary. The lyrics aren’t unique. However, they treat everyday life, its interactions, the shortcomings and dilemmas in ways you don’t hear every day. Humorous and honest. They’re songs in the key of midlife. They might come off as judgemental, sung from the backs of high horses, heckling to a point where Statler and Waldorf would have blushed. But the arrows are pointed just as much towards the band members themselves as towards anybody else.

Being inspired by bands like Orange Juice, the Go-Betweens, the Feelies, the Dexy’s Midnight Runners, the Bats, Felt and Beat Happening, the sound isn’t exactly brand new. For the Slow Summits the melodies are what matters, the guitars are necessarily jangly and the craftsmanship is scarce. In the words of Mark E. Smith; It’s a mistreating of instruments to get feelings over. Hopefully these songs will make you feel. If not elated, then a wee bit warmer inside. The Slow Summits are the long johns of pop. Some days you will need us.


The Slow Summits is a four-piece pop band from Linköping, Sweden:
Anders Nyberg, Lead vocals/Rhythm guitar/Backing vocals
Mattias Holmqvist Larsson, Bass guitar/Backing vocals/Keyboards/Percussion
Karl Sunnermalm, Lead guitar/Keyboard/Piano/Harmonica/Glockenspiel
Fredrik Svensson, Drums

Backing vocals by Amelia Fletcher (The Spirit of the Lyrics and Regrets)