Bandstand busking: Psapp

Monday, 12 January 2009, 13:45 | Category : Video
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I can’t believe I haven’t mentioned Bandstand Busking here before. If you’ve not heard of it, you’ll have already guessed what it’s about. The premise is simple - bandstands are ace and almost never used for the originally intended purpose, so the good folks behind Bandstand Busking have sought to remedy that. “It’s what they’re there for” they say.

In a way, it’s similar to The Black Cab Sessions, but let’s not go too far comparing them. The internet is big enough to accommodate more that one set of people filming artists in a particular confined space, and as long as the music is as good as these sites have filmed, long may they both continue.

The current busk is as good as any a place to start, so I’ve embedded a couple of videos of Psapp doing their excellent lo-fi crazy pop thing. If you’ve been searching the internet for bands playing a rack of bones and tiny keyboards, with songs about monsters and misunderstood names, you’ve arrived at the right place!

I first came across Psapp at Summer Sundae a few years back, and though I was enthralled by their set, I never fulfilled my promise to either buy any of their records or see them play again. So I didn’t encounter them until the tail end of last when they played a couple of songs for Tom Robinson on 6 Music. I don’t normally make New Year resolutions, but now I think I have one.

mp3: Psapp - The Camel’s Back (live on BBC 6Music)
mp3: Psapp - Mr Ant (live on BBC 6Music)

Buy Psapp’s albums from Domino Mart or download from 7 digital.

4 Comments for “Bandstand busking: Psapp”

  1. 1Chalky

    I couldn’t make it to the Emmy busk on Sunday, but am looking forward to heading along to a few of these bandstand busks in the future (maybe when it’s warmed up a bit more!), it’s a great idea.

  2. 2The Daily Growl

    Yeah. I didn’t make it either. But they do look great. In the time it took me to post the above a new session by Loney Dear popped up on the site. Nice.

  3. 3neil

    I just did a few videos for BBC News on people making their own DIY music TV. Was going to feature Bandstand… kind of wish I had now. Also ran out of time to film Jeremy W’s TV show which I know youve featured a few times too.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7855655.stm

  4. 4The Daily Growl

    Ah, nice feature Neil. Yeah shame about Bandstand, but thanks for the tip on indie Ghetto…

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