House vs Home Singles Club No. 8: Burly Nagasaki

Number eight in the House VS Home singles club series comes from Nottingham’s innovative Burly Nagasaki.

Made up of Theresa Wrigley (of Fists, Rattle, etc.) and local hero Joey Chickenskin, Burly Nagasaki have been entertaining audiences across Nottingham since their debut at the Jumpers for Goalposts ‘Non-proper band’ night in 2009. In the past three years they have played shows with a wide variety of ‘proper’ bands – including Thomas Truax, The Lovely Eggs, and The Specific Heats – as well as appearing at Dot to Dot, the Hockley Hustle, the Damn You! Christmas Covers party, and playing a gig in New York! In February 2010 they wrote and recorded their debut album, When There’s Nothing to Talk About There’s Always Scatter, a ten-track tribute to Elvis Presley that spans numerous genres and subchapters of the King’s life.

After 2 long years in exile Burly Nagasaki are back with New York Songs, their new two-track single which features two ‘covers’ which aren’t actually covers. The band have taken two of their favourite songs and identified what they like about said songs, then rewritten them while retaining the title of the original. A-side Mad Eye Screamer (The Creatures) is largely driven by a rolling drum beat and back-and-forth vocals then joined in the middle by a roaring guitar and bass combo. The B-side, Slow Motion (Blondie), is a stark contrast: an upbeat pop-song with full instrumentation throughout.

The artwork for this month’s single comes from Theresa Wrigley herself, celebrating the band’s trip to New York and the mutual setting that links the two tracks. The tracks are available as a ‘name your price’ download from the Shop & Audio page on here, or from


Tramlines: 22/07/12

We’re delighted to be curating the stage at the Redhouse this Sunday as part of Sheffield’s FREE Tramlines festival. We have invited a whole bunch of ace bands to come play this. Also, as our stage is inside, you don’t even need to worry about the horrible weather!

Heroes of the Mexican Independence Movement
Hull’s finest will be bringing us their unique brand of Velvet Underground inspired spaghetti western indiepop.

The Sweet Nothings
Peace, love, pop thrills and international socialism from popular Sheffield beat combo.

MJ Hibbett and the Validators
Indie pop hero and House VS Home favourite Hibbett finally brings his trusted Validators back to the Steel City. Expect songs about dinosaurs, politics and the trams of Sheffield!

August Actually
Nottingham folk-pop outfit will be capturing hearts and blowing minds with songs of love and the supernatural.

Nottingham’s lo-fi stalwarts make a triumphant return to the stage with their thoughtful, Sparklehorse-esque pop melodies.

Nordenfelt are influenced by Sunn 0))), NWA, and Squarepusher, yet they still end up sounding like Elliott Smith.

Fall Forwards
A brand new band comprised of former Japanese Sleeper Andy Hirst, former Situationists Dan and Ralph, and a lovely bass player called Matt. They play brooding pop with the lightest of electronica and math touches.

Aqualassie and the Sky Pumas
An insane spectacle of collective homicide, from the heart of the Sussex Downs. Expect noise, brevity, affection for Stan Lee, and one guitar solo.

Vom Vorton
Acoustic storytelling loveliness from former Lardpony frontman, recently achieving internet fame with a song about the Anfield cat. Expect songs about cats and robots.

The Mini Skips
Gentle folky smiley indiepop from Sheffield.

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House vs Home Singles Club

From 1st February 2012, House VS Home will be launching a monthly singles club. The idea behind this is to put out some tracks by bands that we love and hopefully open them up to different audiences. Each month there will be two tracks from that month’s chosen band to download, along with artwork by specially chosen illustrators and designers.

The House vs Home singles club will be launched with the release of label signings Heroes of the Mexican Independence Movement‘s The Singer Inside Us All/The Gift.

We have plenty of exciting artists lined up for the singles club so stay tuned!

Introducing…August Actually

August Actually are a six piece folk-pop band from Nottingham. Formed in early 2011 as the brainchild of Alex Hale, the intention was to create a full band version of his sea-gaze solo album Whale of a Tale. Since then, they have played a wide range of shows with the likes of Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Standard Fare, Evans the Death and Bearsuit. They have also recently moved away from landlocked sea shanties to focus on such universal themes as the supernatural, the satellite towns of Nottingham, and, yes, even more songs about love.

August Actually are Alex Hale (Banjo), Laura Graham (Keyboard), Damian Pugh (Bass), Sai Ragunath (Violin), Stephen Wragg (Guitar) and Jack Cross (Trumpet, Drums). Live performances are abundant with multi-instrumentalism – this dexterity being most aptly demonstrated by trumpeter-cum-drummer, Jack Cross. They draw from influences such as Okkervil River, The Mountain Goats, Ben Folds, The Decemberists, Yann Tiersen, Destroyer and The Wave Pictures.

The debut EP Songs From the Lighthouse was released on House VS Home Records earlier this month, this features the aforementioned full band realisations of the best songs from Alex’s Whale of a Tale album.

Like them on Facebook for news and details of upcoming shows.


House VS Home is a brand new DIY record label based in Nottingham. We plan to release CDs, records and MP3s by indiepop bands who aren’t “typical” indiepop, and have been hosting gigs in Nottingham since March 2010. At present, HvH’s roster consists of August Actually (Nottingham) and Heroes of the Mexican Independence Movement (Hull).
The House VS Home label shall be launched with the release of August Actually’s debut EP, Songs from the Lighthouse – available from our online shop as of Saturday 5th November. We will be hosting a gig to coincide with this release on 5th November at the Chameleon Arts Cafe in Nottingham, featuring MJ Hibbett & the Validators, August Actually, Heroes of the Mexican Independence Movement and Burly Nagasaki.