Now, Indietracks may well be chocca full of young pop whippersnappers eager to show off their latest pop melodies, but don't forget that there's also going to be a whole bunch of indiepop veterans to show them how it's done. Forged in the late eighties in the North East of England, Strawberry Story play a delicious, heady mix of fuzzed out guitars, dense bass lines and joyously girly singing. They were loved by John Peel and - for the Pop Fact collectors among you - they were even pronounced 'Single of the Week' by NME for "The Man with the Stereo Hands." Reformed for a charity gig in July 2007, they have been wowing indiepop crowds across the country for the last year and have even put together a limited edition CD of new material for gig attendees only. Over at Indietracks Towers we just can't wait to see what magic they've got lined up for the festival...
Hello there Strawberry Story, you don't really need much introduction, but tell us a little bit about yourselves anyway...
Well, there are four and a half band members - Hayley, the fairy princess, Rex, the hairdresser on fire, James, a saggy old cloth cat, a bit loose at the seams but Emily loves him, Paul the baldest one and that arrogant twat the drum machine.
Nice to meet you! So, how do you feel about music at the moment and the new crop of indiepop bands?
Everyone is far too good at writing songs and performing, and it's all a bit more difficult since the early days of the 90s. I suppose that's a good thing though, really!
Tell us about an unusual place where you've played a gig in the past.
The band played a pub in north Yorkshire where the locals were expecting something like a Status Quo covers band. We did our best, but left early after repeating "Rocking All Over the World" three times. We're quite selective now in the locations we play!
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at Indietracks?
The Weddos! We've seen them before, back in the 90s, and we hope they are going to be as fast as they were then. Paul is looking forward to Ballboy. We're just so pleased that we don't have to pay to get in!
Free MP3 download: Strawberry Story – Rainbow
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