Monday, September 29, 2008

Sad news...

...Junior Senior Announce Split :(

From the press release:

Danish pop duo Junior Senior has announced today that they will amicably part ways to pursue individual music careers. The group, consisting of Jesper Mortensen (“Junior”) and Jeppe Laursen (“Senior”) was formed in 1998. “We have met so many amazing people around the world, experienced so many cool things, had so many crazy good times… so many we never even dared dream of,” said the band through a message on their myspace site.

Junior Senior first brought their infectious hooks and explosive energy to the world through their debut album, D-D-Don’t Don’t Stop the Beat, which was released on Danish indie label Crunchy Frog in 2002, and subsequently throughout the rest of the world in 2003. Fueled by the global smash ”Move Your Feet”, which spent 9 consecutive weeks in the UK top 10, and reached #3 on the French singles chart, #2 on the Japanese charts, and #41 on the Billboard Hot 100, the band quickly found both commercial success and critical acclaim worldwide.

In 2005, the band recorded their follow up album Hey Hey My My Yo Yo in Sweden, Denmark, and at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studios, Alabama. Junior Senior was one of the last bands to record at Muscle Shoals before it closed its doors for good. The album, which spawned the single “Can I Get Get Get,” also featured Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson of the B-52s, The Velvelettes, Le Tigre, and Spooner Oldham.
Junior Senior has toured throughout the world playing nearly every major festival and city, including Coachella, Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Reeperbahn Festival and Roskilde. They’ve also performed on numerous morning and late night television shows, including Top of the Pops five times. They’ve been remixed by DFA and Guns ‘n’ Bombs, and have delivered their own signature remixes for Le Tigre and Beck. Additionally, their music has been featured in many films, TV shows, and videogames, including Ugly Betty, One Tree Hill, Las Vegas, White Chicks, Dance Dance Revolution, EA’s FIFA 2004, and Singstar, among others. Their music was also used in major advertising campaigns for Cingular, Coca Cola, and Sears.

Jesper Mortensen has recently released a side project under the moniker I Scream Ice Cream, which came out in June 2008 on Kitsune/Tigerspring. Jesper is currently writing and recording with his new band The Little Sisters. Jeppe Laursen is working on his debut album and will soon be releasing his debut single “Big Boy.” Jeppe also continues to DJ frequently, including recent gigs in Tokyo, Copenhagen, London, and Los Angeles

Saturday, September 27, 2008


The Pastry Club #5 in association with ROSA ‘The Danish Rock Council’

Choir of Young Believers +I Got You On Tape +The Lofty Heights +Good Times Good Times

Date: Wednesday October 1st 2008

Time: 8.00 PM

Tickets: £5 adv //£6 door // NUS £3

Venue: Amersham Arms 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY

Transport: New Cross B.R. / E. London Line Replacement Bus / Buses. 453 / 436 / 36 / 177 / 171 / 21 / 136 225 321 / N21 / N36

The Pastry Club is delighted to present music at a new venue to soothe your Autumn blues. If we could define “hygge” in any meaningful way, then we’d say it’s going to be a “hyggelig” night…

Good Times Good Times (UK) writes rather the perfect folksy blues for a dark evening in South London. Sometimes a one-man band, other times a 4 or 5 man band, the only things that you’ll ever really know is that this is music for the soul. One to watch with a warm heart.

Choir of Young Believers’ (DK) songs sound as if they’re coming straight from the heart of the two song-writing brothers Jannis and Noya Makrigiannis; the music itself sounds equally heartfelt and thoughtful. The songs build up slowly, constantly adding one brilliantly clear element after another to end in intense (often loud) climaxes. Choir of Young Believers are an example of the singer-songwriter genre taken far above the coffee house chain friendly level, to become grander, more unorthodox and much more insistent.

I Got You On Tape (DK) are another Pastry Club favourite. Imagine you’re sitting in a luxury car, insulated from the chilly city outside by that particular quietness.. I Got You On Tape are a bit like this; their dark, smooth sound insulates the listener from the outside. The melodies are strong and shift between hard guitar driven and more trippy organ based. Lead singer Jacob Bellen’s voice is deep and warm, and the inner city poetic songs slide softly in the most beautiful manner.

The Lofty Heights (UK/US) is 'the brainchild of a Californian transplanted in to worn down Dalston, Greg Griffin's London project The Lofty Heights revolves around the genius idea of combining the laid back sounds of his native state with the traditional folk song of the East End. The results are rather spectacular; wistful surf dirges that talk about lost loves, home sickness and the ancient people of France, that all have a cockney sing-a-long quality about them. A bit like the Shins deciding to cover Chas and Dave songs.

About the Pastry Club

The Pastry Club is a Danish Music Showcase in London, formed in 2007. The first Pastry Club took place at 93 Feet East on 19th February 2008, to an amazing reception, and has been running ever since…

*Hygge is a Danish word, not really definable in English. Hygge is usually inadequately translated as coziness. This is too simplistic: coziness relates to physical surroundings – a jersey can be cosy, or a warm bed - whereas hygge has more to do with people’s behaviour towards each other. It is the art of creating intimacy: a sense of comradeship, conviviality, and contentment rolled into one. To have a hyggelig time is social nirvana in Denmark.

Saturday, September 20, 2008


So...we're kinda crap, kinda blah, and just haven't kept any promises of late. We've had Pastry Clubs (some good, some bad..)in London, a trip to SPOT, and another to Roskilde and, strangely, a million trips to Oslo (more on that one later..) and I've still not told you anything.

First things first. We've been listening to FAR too much Choir of Young Believers lately, so go check them out. We've also been ever so slightly obsessed with the last Veto album, Jong Pang, I Got You on Tape and have been getting VERY VERY excited by the fact there's a new Diefenbach album due sooooon...

We'll be back soon. Promise!

P.S. If you do insist in writing us an email, then it's Alison you'll be asking for. I'm not Mette. Mette is the booker and all round logistical genius behind the Pastry Club, and we love her.