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"Various Press Quotes"

“If there could be a Scottish repost to the Artic Monkeys it could be this gang”, get your hands on their début single – Vic Galloway BBC Radio One

"The best new band we have seen this week" - NME

“… the genuine authenticity of an Irvine Welsh story or the cinematic fumblings of “Gregory’s Girl” – Music Dash

“with the influences located some share between Orange Juice and Talking Heads, Popup are well likely to make us speak about Scotland during for the next few years!” – Foutraque Paris

“.. Popup have created something of a stir in Scotland over the past few months” - The Scotsman.

“The true reason Arab Strap split up….To just listen would be sad, these songs are made in order to dance, sing and clap your hands”. Sounds of Violence

“… one of the few remaining islands in a sea of monotony”. Glasgow Herald

“Contender for the downright catchiest tune of the year...... This is PERFECT indiepop and both sides will slay you; highly recommended!” – Jumbo Records

“…debut single 'Lucy, what are you trying to say?' is a summer tune that recalls the ground in between major label, period Orange Juice and the Proclaimers”. – Rough Trade Records

"...saviour the wistful, knowing pop that Popup specialise in….just go see them." - The List

“A sexy band for sure, destined for greatness. Keep your eyes peeled kids” - The Skinny

“…a band so full of ideas musically and lyrically, that you'll be so overwhelmed you may never eat or drink again”. Is This Music

“Popup seem to have that little bit of indefinable magic that helps to conjure up simply gorgeous songs that are completely evocative of where they come from.” - CD Times

"We love this band! -With a fresh and undeniably upbeat take on the Glaswegian pop template, this is going to be one of the songs of the summer" – Pure Groove

“In Orwell's original vision the proles found solace and comfort in song and melody and these proles would have thoroughly enjoyed Popup.” – The Mag Me

“Cheery, cheeky social commentators… what the Artic Monkeys would have been had they discovered pop instead of rock” – Room Thirteen

“Bristling with energy, adjectives twisting and turning through the melee, wired acoustic pop with Hebridian tones and a no nonsense driving power that sinks it’s bumper deep into your subconscious for long to come” - Subba-Culcha

“the Scottish brogue of lead singer Damien Gilhooley reminds me slightly of The Proclaimers and not at all of River City, this a good thing.” – Diskant

“…mashes the kitchen-sink drama of Aidan Moffat with a lyrical flow untouched upon since the halcyon days of Scatman John”, - The Skinny

“the kind of jangly guitar pop that would have the NME, XFM and the like creaming their pants in some kind of rock & roll pant wetting party”. – Makenoiseanddance

“…the kind of happy sad rain soaked greyness that was very much emblematic of the Smiths of yore”. The Sunday Experience

“I would sell blood to see popup again” Crooked Rain

"We say: It's like Bloc Party being kicked in the balls by Babyshambles, presided over by the thickest Glaswegian accent ever, amazing"! – Starry Night Music

“Popup are like Arab Strap on speed! They have that acerbic wit and amazingly observant lyrical grasp!. – Music News Scotland - Various


Discography

"Lucy' What You Trying to Say?" - Limited Edition 7" Single

"Chinese Burn" - Limited Edition 7"Single

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Bio

“…like Arab Strap on the happy pills” - Piccadilly Records

Band biographies are a bit like fake orgasms, everyone's been taken in by one at some point, usually without even noticing. They're full of excitement and thrills, for sure, but so much of the time they're just empty and ephemeral, telling you little about what people are really like.

So this isn't a biography, as such, more something to introduce our band, four people, some instruments and some songs that you ought to like. Singer & guitarist Damien Gilhooley, bassist Michael Cross, guitarist Nicholas Giudici and drummer Adrienne Giudici met while at school on Glasgow's Southside. (Well, Nicholas and Adrienne, being brother and sister, met before that, but you know what we mean). Bonding over tunes and teenaged enthusiasm, they eventually formed a band and following a summer hiatus they got down to the task of knocking out cracking, literate pop tunes.

The results, as exemplified by their debut single, “Lucy, What You Trying to Say?” speak for themselves. Popup are a band whose music is organic, jumpy, excited, wry, the sound of four people navigating the way through the forest of their influences and emerging into a clearing populated by bright and sparky pop hooks, smart stories of love and life, where they generate enough energy to power their own soundsystem.

"Everybody puts something into it," says Damian of the band's creative process, "and the end result is the product of four people. No group of two or four people will ever have the same sound or influences, and we're aware of that; we just try to be ourselves when we're writing." "We're never consciously thinking that we need to sound like this or that," says Adrienne, which her brother agrees with. "Totally, we just want to be honest about things, we want to write songs that reflect what we're like as people; they key to everything is to not try and act like we're somebody else."

Listen to the three tracks on their debut single, and you'll hear echoes of other bands – the sweet jangle of Postcard pop, the bristling energy of a hundred bands who prize personality and effortless charm over the grinding tedium of studied technique, the wistful yearning of anyone who's ever written about romance gone wrong or right – but Popup don't really sound like any of them. Prod them for favourite songs or artists, and they'll throw back a diverse list, everyone from Aztec Camera, Super Furry Animals, through to Frank Sinatra and a bit of Steely Dan. Popup, aren't precious about music: it's just there, and if it's good, they'll listen to it.

This honesty and carefree approach extends to Damien's singing, in a wonderfully unvarnished Scottish brogue. "Ah," he says, "it's organic, no element of our music doesn’t reflect who we are as people – we all speak with the accent we have, so it'd be cheating not to sing that way." "We're not a karaoke band," says Adrienne, "and it'd be stupid and false to pretend that we're something we're not." It's about having at least some integrity," says Michael, "and" – literally, he might add – "finding your own voice."

So far, that voice has carried far: from countless gigs in and around the UK, and praise courtesy of (among many others) Steve Lamacq, Alan McGee and Vic Galloway. None of that really matters in the long run, though. What counts is being yourself, not bowing to convention, doing things the way they should be done. Oh, and writing gorgeous, sun-kissed guitar pop with a glint in its eye and a mischievous smile on its lips. But you knew that already.

"The best new band we have heard this week" - NME