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 indie-pop 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.
Following their Sturdy Records debut ‘Peruvian Poncho’ last November, the long-awaited release of their first album is, in some quarters, cause for national celebration. 12 incredible songs about little things, wanting to be the second coolest person in town (after you), openness and honesty, dressing up, underachieving, cartoons and, er, boating lakes – each one a improbable life-affirming gem, each one a glorious flashback to a time when it wasn’t a contradiction in terms to be this singular while still totally in love with the pop dream.
The Seven Inches have long been heroes amongst Leeds’ indie-pop and DIY scenes (in fact, they’ve probably been around long enough to say they’ve been heroes amongst several of Leeds’ indie-pop and DIY scenes). They’ve also played all over the country, including Indietracks festival, support slots with Jeffrey Lewis, The Long Blondes 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.
For proof see the teaser single ‘The Little Things’ – four minutes of rousing, heartfelt fizzy indie-pop glory. It’s out in late July as a free download via theseveninches.bandcamp.com. Launch gig is at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds on Saturday 10th August.
Praise for previous Inches releases:
“a sugar rush of goodness with killer melodies which wouldn’t sound out of place at the Friday night indie disco … deserves to be played over and over again but don’t worry, you will never tire of hearing it” – Is This Music?
“The Seven Inches belong to that long and rich tradition of bands who revel in making pop songs that reflect the state of their own imagination rather than any recognisable prevailing trends… it’s difficult not to like pop music that’s just so excited about itself” – Vibrations
“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 espresso-overdosing puppy, and sounding almost perfect for the Indietracks disco … heavenly melodies, charming optimism and their unalloyed joy in making pop” – Sounds XP