Poppy & The Jezebels Release New 'Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out!' Video, Play Live Shows This Week
"Judging by Darling Buds-esque melodic feast of a comeback single that is Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out! they’ve been polishing their pop shoes, with the help of Richard X, to become the band they clearly always wanted to be." Holy Moly
"There are some big things to come from Poppy & The Jezebels in 2012, and this is a good way to kick things off." Popjustice
"They are clever, funny and devastatingly cool" – and they don’t sound like anyone else. The Guardian
"A whirling airy, big sounding single from the teenage uberfraus…" NME
Birmingham’s Poppy & The Jezebels are back with a new single 'Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out!', to be released on their own Gumball Machine label 28th May 2012 and a handful of live shows from this week. The band play at This Must Be Pop's London night Tues 15th May, full details of this and a hometown gig are below.
‘Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out!' was produced and mixed by Richard X (Sugarbabes, Kylie, M.I.A.). Along with a 'Richard X Meets Larry Least mix' by Richard X and Daniel Miller, the single also features remix from Substantial Error. The song addresses matters current on teen earth and suggests alternatives to the crushingly conventional pathways on offer today.
Stream the 'Richard X meets Larry Least' version here: http://soundcloud.com/poppyandthejezebels-1/sign-in-dream-on-drop-out-2
The band emerged with the ‘Underage’ scene while still at school when they travelled from Birmingham to play alongside The Horrors at the opening night of the original Underage Club at The Coronet in London’s Elephant and Castle. Seriously adept at social networking, the girls were sharing bills with SCUM and Shonen Knife (before Mollie’s fourteenth birthday. The band signed a publishing deal with Mute and released two critically acclaimed indie seven-inch singles, establishing their own label – Gumball Machine.
Having left school to concentrate on the band full time, the girls realised that their charming but lo-fi and DIY approach would never support their dreams of real pop immortality, and enlisted the help of top pop producer Richard X to re-emerge now as Poppy & The Jezebels mark 2!
The collaboration with Richard X came about when, smitten with his pop philosophy and intrigued by his remixes and ‘re-productions’ of Soft Cell and Saint Etienne, the girls approached the producer with their rehearsal room demos. He agreed and the single was completed in January.
Watch the original 'Sign In, Dream On, Drop Out!' video here, premiered on Holy Moly a couple of weeks ago: http://youtu.be/fdZ0flqtV8w
Stream the original track, as recently premiered by Popjustice on Song of The Day: http://soundcloud.com/poppyandthejezebels-1/poppy-and-the-jezebels-sign-in
Poppy & The Jezebels met and started playing together at the same Birmingham comprehensive school when Mollie Kingsley (Vocals, Bass), Dom Vine (Keyboards, Vocals) and Amber Bradbury (Guitars, Vocals), then in year nine were joined by Poppy Twist (Drums, Vocals), a year older at fifteen.
Poppy & The Jezebels listen to classic pop from (Phil) Spector to Spears. They swear by The Slits yet retain a place in their hearts that is forever Spiceworld.