Thursday 20th July 2017
Jetstream Pony + Capt.Lovelace (DJ)
Doors 8:00 pm
Price £7.50 + booking fee / £9.50
The brainchild of German songwriter, singer and guitarist Silvi Wersing, Chorusgirl blend the shimmering dreaminess of 4AD bands like Lush, the noir pop of The Cure and the bittersweet electricity of The Breeders, creating songs that sparkle with melody and pop nous but are stealthily subverted by something darker. We welcome them back to Brighton!
After several years playing in bands that either split up or fizzled out, fed up with being someone else’s bassist and feeling like the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing decided to strike out on her own. Naming her own band with a heavy dose of irony, she recruited Udo Westhoff (bass), Michael Boyle (drums) and Diogo Oliveira (lead guitar) to flesh out the demos she had made on her laptop, polishing the recordings to a hi-fi sheen in Bear Cave Studios in Cologne.
Dig beneath the surface of the perfect pop songs on Chorusgirl and you’ll find heavy lyrics about saying goodbye, giving up, grief, alienation and loneliness. It’s all deliberately coded though, shrouded in the metaphysical poetry that Silvi does so well. Chorusgirl breathe new life into guitar pop, reinvigorating the genre with fresh hooks and sharp-edged songs full of heartache, anger and grit. No longer the eternal chorus girl to other people’s dreams, Silvi Wersing is creating the soundtrack to her own – and perhaps her nightmares too.
“Chorusgirl take up the female-fronted fuzzbomb art-pop baton that Lush and The Long Blondes help patent – jangling guitars carrying along a bucketful of big hooks, Silvi Wersing’s strident, cool-as vocals, joy camouflaging the pain.” Sweeping The Nation.
“A shimmering brand of 4AD-inspired noir pop” Drowned in Sound.
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Brighton/Croydon based Jetstream Pony come from a common love for power-pop, post punk and indie-pop and is the songwriting project of Shaun Charman (The Wedding Present/The Popguns/The Fireworks), featuring Beth Arzy (Trembling Blue Stars/Luxembourg Signal/The Fireworks) on vocals, Matthew Rimell (The Fireworks) on additional guitar, Kerry Boettcher (Turbocat) on bass and Sara Boyle on drums. Jetstream Pony is also a lovely ex-racing greyhound, also known as Jenna.
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Born in Arcachon Bay France, Beatrice settled in Norway then returned to France and Bordeaux at 20, and now resides in Brighton. An adventurer, in love with the quaint European rail network that serves as an escape from the geeky computing world she inhabits for a living. ‘Capt. Lovelace’ refers as much to pornographic actress Linda Lovelace as to the world’s first computer programmer Ada Lovelace. Beattie has shared stages with Tom Brosseau, Girlpool, Mike Watt & The Missing Men and released her debut EP /* Preview Pane */ on Damnably in August 2015. Beattie is currently working on a new EP of French songs which will be out soon.
Check out her spotify taster playlist here