Agent Side Grinder + K.I.D + Minny Pops

 20 May
 The Lexington
 96-98 Pentonville Road - N1 9JB - London - United Kingdom
 The Lexington
Agent Side Grinder are coming from Stockholm to visit with us. "ASG are masters of producing extremely catchy cold wave, industrial synth pop, which this new EP is another excellent proof of". (Dark Entries, BE) "The music evokes New Order with a typical post punk bass riff à la Peter Hook, brilliant synths and melodies that are almost poppy" (Reflections of Darkness, BE) Support from K.I.D: After high-school, Kara and Bobby were deemed unfit for higher education. The two found themselves dwelling in their alcoholic mother's basement and tracking demos they would later classify as "garage pop". Their debut release features cuts like "I Wish I Was Your Cigarette", a gritty ode to the anguish of youth and unrequited love, and "Stoned on the School Bus", a dreary ballad delivered from Kara and Bobby's melancholic perspective. And Minny Pops: Formed by vocalist/band leader Wally van Middendorp in 1978, Dutch electro pioneers Minny Pops borrowed their name from a primitive Korg drum machine and their approach from conceptual art at its most mischievously off-kilter. Their association with the legendary Manchester label Factory Records, which began in 1980, would see them produced by Martin Hannett, tour with Joy Division and then New Order, and become the first Dutch group to record a Peel Session. In 2012, van Middendorp and collaborators old and new regrouped for Minny Pops’ first live performances since 1981, touring the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium, and, along the way, recording a 7” single at the invitation of The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess for his O Genesis label. 2014 has brought the re-release of the acclaimed ‘Sparks in a Dark Room’ and ‘Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement’ albums on the Factory Benelux label, and, with the band now based in the UK, the opportunity to undertake further erratic, irresponsible and unexpected live engagements.

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