Baker Island are a band from Newcastle who make indie-noise-pop like “the fuzzy love child of Pavement and Pixies” (NARC). Starting in 2013, initially as a recording project of Sean Dodds - with help from a collective of people including Chris McManus from Pure Graft and Jonny Helm from The Wave Pictures – they eventually became a live band comprising Sean (guitar and vocals), Kev Raijah (guitar), Cathy Russell (bass), Chris Perriman (keys) and Matt Hayward (drums). Never a joyous moment lyrically, each song, however, tries to outdo itself in how many hooks it can fit into each section, as if a prog-rock songwriter has just discovered that pop songs can sometimes be just as worthwhile.
Debut single 'You Are A Cathedral' and follow up ‘Spanish Trails' were played on BBC 6 Music by Gideon Coe and Tom Ravenscroft, followed by the album Bobby Hundreds, "an LP filled with gloriously wonky-pop tunes" (NARC) in August 2015. The band performed at Indietracks Festival 2015, Newcastle's Evolution Emerging Festival 2016, and alongside Jeffrey Lewis, Chorusgirl, Dignan Porch, Allo Darlin', Witching Waves, The Wave Pictures and The Lovely Eggs.
Cassette EP 'Four Days In The Life Of The Auto-Icon', released on California's Wiener Records at the beginning of 2016, received airplay on Radio 1 (Huw Stephens) and BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe). A second album is due to be released this year - full of more slack, upbeat misery.
released September 22, 2016
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