House vs Home Singles Club No. 7: August Actually

Number seven in the House VS Home singles club series comes from August Actually.
Previously a sea-pop sextet, and responsible for the very first House VS Home release,
August Actually return as a folk-pop four piece, branching out with a wider range of  subject matter. This particular single broaches the dual themes of supernatural transformation and love. A-side Werewolf blends funky beats and girl-boy vocals, while B-side Vampire is a more wistful piano-led affair.

The video for Werewolf, animated by August Actually front man (and HVH co-founder) Alex Hale, can be viewed here.

The artwork for this month’s single comes courtesy of Laura Millward; more of her
artwork, photography and general design musings can be found on her blog. 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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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.