Thursday, 1 July 2010
Indietracks bands seek to storm the charts
A couple of our Indietracks 2010 bands - Shrag and Foxes! - are involved in an audatious attempt to get lots of new music into the UK top 40 this week.
The campaign, Storm The Charts, is encouraging people to download tracks from a list of 40 songs from independent bands and musicians, as selected by either a public vote or a panel involving Huw Stephens, Emily Eavis, Tracy Morter and Louise Kattenhorn among others. Shrag (pictured above) and Foxes! saw off competition from nearly 600 acts to make it onto the shortlist.
The campaign has over 30,000 members on Facebook, so it's possible we could see an Indietracks band or two in the charts this week. Of course, this year's Indietracks is no stranger to chart success - in White Town, we've a UK number one artist playing, and The Primitives also had a string of chart hits, including a top five single.
If you like the idea, you can find out more on the Storm The Charts website. To count towards this week's top 40, we think you need to purchase any songs by this Saturday 3 July. The charts will be announced on Sunday 4 July, which coincidentally is US independence day, and the bands are, of course, all independent. Nice!
Here's videos and Amazon MP3 links for our two Indietracks chart candidates! The tracks are also available on iTunes, but we think they're cheaper (49p) on Amazon.
Foxes! - Who Killed Rob? (Amazon MP3 link)
Shrag - Rabbit Kids (Amazon MP3 link)