What does it mean to be a Seven Inch?
It means to be a footsoldier of beauty, with joie de vivre as your creed
Commitment to socialist folk music, soul power, classical sturm und drang, rock and roll realism, pop love, gospel truth, experimental ideology, and punk creativity.
To believe in content over competence, style over content, and honesty over style.
To provide a pop-up paper theatre, a miniature masquerade, a quixotic cultural melee.
To dance and dance till the music’s over.
To always listen to the b-side.
To create miracles in your spare time to give you consolation in your unfree time.
To make ridiculous claims like some puffed-up charlatan, or spurious god
If you’ve heard of The Seven Inches, chances are you’ll have read that tiny manifesto before. No matter, because those few lines tell you as much about this ridiculous miracle of a band as anything else you’ll ever read. Equal parts Jeffrey Lewis, Jonathan Richman, The Lovely Eggs and David Devant & His Spirit Wife, filtered through the best indiepop of the past two decades, sensible people already know that The Seven Inches have the power to make you dance, laugh, cry and cheer (often in the space of a song) like no other.
The Seven Inches have long been heroes amongst Leeds’ indiepop and DIY scenes (in fact, they’ve probably been around long enough to say they’ve been heroes amongst several of Leeds’ indiepop and DIY scenes). They’ve also played all over the country with the likes of Jeffrey Lewis, Calvin Johnson, The Cribs, Herman Dune, The Long Blondes, Kimya Dawson and more, winning hearts everywhere with their bizarre onstage props, trumpets, synths and cardboard keytars. If this makes them sound like some self-conscious novelty act, rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth – The Seven Inches play it from the heart every time.
After a succession of compilation appearances and an acclaimed EP in ‘Openness and Honesty’, Peruvian Poncho is The Seven Inches’ first appearance on Sturdy. Two pop songs of rare brilliance – one concerning the loss of a beloved item of clothing, one that displays an unusual level of knowledge of international dialling codes. Improbable subject matter then, but beauty found in unexpected places is always the best kind.
Peruvian Poncho will be availabe through iTunes, Bandcamp, and on CD from Monday 12th November. The same day will see the release of the Sturdy Records various artists compilation By Hook or By Crook, which includes another exclusive Seven Inches track alongside 11 other gems representing the cream of Leeds.
Catch The Seven Inches at the alldayer to launch the By Hook or By Crook compilation at Oporto in Leeds on Sunday 12 November, or headlining their own show at the Fox & Newt in Leeds on Friday 23rd November.
Previous praise for The Seven Inches….
“It’s beautiful, and bittersweet and longing and funny and sad all at the same time and I love it.” – A Layer of Chips
“killer melodies, blasts of box-fresh brass and screechy guitar like an expresso-overdosing puppy, and sounding almost perfect for the Indietracks disco … the heavenly melodies, charming optimism and their unalloyed joy in making pop means this single deserves more than just one listen” – Sounds XP
“sugar rushy indie pop which has surely been designed in a lab somewhere for the purpose of being played just as you’re feeling a bit tipsy at your local indie disco … sublime bass runs and lyrics of just the right sentiment” – Brilldream