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Post by String Bean Jen » Thu May 21, 2009 23:59

danny wrote:At their New Haven show and at NYC popfest, Very Truly Yours did a cover of The 6ths' "Falling Out of Love with You" that was so, so good. I hope they record it.
How I love that song. The band didn't record it but maybe some kind audience member did (but how will we ever know...)! They're going to play it at their show next week and plan to record it then. I'm dying to hear it!

Oh, and who was Dean Wareham? Kristine or Lisle? :-)
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by danny » Tue May 26, 2009 18:56

kristine.

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Shiny Sunset » Wed May 27, 2009 11:03

Have you recorded that song ??? I'm so curious to listen to that :)
I'm sure that the gig was great , how many songs have they played ?
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by shaved head thrills » Tue Jun 02, 2009 09:07

the new ep is really nice. very camera obscura, i think. not bad at all, of course!
kristine's vocals are still immaculate and beautiful! hope they still hold onto some of that sound of the cloudberry split, too, though, because i love those songs!
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by danny » Tue Jun 02, 2009 19:29

it's true. the ep is almost misleadingly camera obscura-ish. they didn't sound so much like camera obscura live. great either way.

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by String Bean Jen » Thu Jul 09, 2009 23:31

A friend of the band - who really does know his indie pop history - wrote a piece for Chicago's biggest free entertainment weekly. He wanted to write it as a story of a band who are an anomaly in their own city and their journey to the promised land - i.e., a Popfest where they will find bands with shared style, taste, and values, and fans that appreciate them. Of course the editor of the paper cut up the original piece and moved some quotes and paragraphs around which changed the tone of the original, but it's still pretty exciting to get such a lengthy piece in a paper that so many Chicagoans read. Here it is!
Live Twee or Die
Local indie-pop holdouts Very Truly Yours drive a thousand miles to find their crowd.

By Andrew Clayman

With their jingle-jangle melodies, vintage cardigans, and puppylike stage personas, Very Truly Yours seem harmless, maybe even a bit precious. But in their own way, they’re rebels.

“I wouldn’t say our music is revolutionary or anything,” says singer-guitarist Kristine Capua, “but it’s certainly different. Aside from us, I can’t even think of another straight-up indie-pop band from Chicago. Maybe they’re all in hiding, I don’t know. But our style of music has just never really fit in here.”

When Capua says “indie pop,” she means something more specific than pop played by indie bands. To borrow a turn of phrase from KRS-One, if pop is something you do, then indie pop, or twee, as it’s sometimes called, is something you live. It’s music custom-made for cult devotion, with a philosophy rooted in the DIY tradition of punk but an aesthetic indebted to the Rickenbacker guitars, la-la-las, and lovelorn lyrics of the mid-60s.

Initially popularized by early-80s Scottish bands like Orange Juice and the Pastels, indie pop soon found its niche among bookish daydreamers and hopeless romantics on both sides of the pond—in the late 80s the flagships of the scene were Sarah Records in the UK and K Records in Olympia. Twee devotees still recognize one another by their retro thrift-store couture and have built secret societies around hard-to-find seven-inches and handmade fanzines—though they acknowledge the Smiths and Belle & Sebastian as wellsprings, indie pop’s most beloved pioneers, like Beat Happening, Heavenly, the Field Mice, and Tiger Trap, are much more obscure. And the fans, who seem to prefer their heroes on a modest scale, jump at any opportunity to share their passion with others in the know.

Indie pop has waxed and waned over the years, but right now it’s enjoying a significant revival in the States. Labels like Magic Marker, Cloudberry, Bus Stop, and Slumberland are carrying the torch, and New York City’s Popfest—where, back in May, Very Truly Yours was the sole band representing Chicago—is one of a growing number of annual indie-pop events, which includes gatherings in San Francisco; Athens, Georgia; and Northampton, Massachusetts.

The midwest has been passed over by this revival, though, at least so far. Chicago hosted the not-entirely-twee Cardigan Festival in the mid-90s, and there was a Chicago Popfest in 1997; some of the earliest stateside indie-pop labels were based in the area too, like Picture Book Records in Barrington, Sunday Records in Rolling Meadows, and Parasol in Champaign. But those labels are defunct now—except Parasol, which has moved on to other things—and the city has become an indie-pop desert. Of the Chicago bands that Capua knows, only Canasta might qualify as twee, and even that would be a stretch.

Formed in August 2008 from the ashes of a band called the Lorimer Sound, Very Truly Yours had managed only a handful of sparsely attended gigs before February, when they landed a slot opening for Brooklyn indie-pop heroes the Pains of Being Pure at Heart at a sold-out Schubas show. Jennifer R____, half of the indie-pop promotions group Colour Me Pop, had a hand in setting up the concert.

“I’d been dreaming about a band like Very Truly Yours since I moved to Chicago six years ago,” she says. “But it’s just very difficult for a band like them to get on bills in Chicago with artists that are like-minded or share a similar musical knowledge and background.”

Capua, 25, got into indie pop in college when an old bandmate introduced her to Heavenly; Very Truly Yours guitarist Lisle Mitnik, also 25 (and Capua’s boyfriend), followed a more traditional path, progressing from the Beatles to the Smiths to Belle & Sebastian. The rhythm section—bassist Dan Hyatt, 39, and drummer Andy Rogers, 33—is old enough to remember when the genre-defining C86 compilation came out in the UK. But whether they were around for Chicago’s previous indie-pop bubble or not, they all agree that the present lack of a local scene is a hardship. There’s an audience here, but it isn’t a cohesive community—and the absence of other bands is a big problem too. “If we ever really want to grow in Chicago,” Capua says, “we have no one to really latch onto and build a fan base with.”

That made nabbing a gig with a Pitchfork-approved national act like the Pains of Being Pure at Heart even more crucial. R____ understood that, and helped Very Truly Yours onto the bill as a sort of parting gift to the band. In May she moved Colour Me Pop to the greener pastures of London.

R____ had been trying to promote indie-pop shows and club nights here for years, without much success. “I knew it would take a while to build up a following in Chicago,” she says, “but I didn’t anticipate that there wouldn’t actually be an indie-pop community to tap into. . . . I just got tired of being the most enthusiastic person in the room.”

Very Truly Yours have an uphill climb ahead of them if they hope to rekindle Chicago’s old affection for indie pop, but their new pals the Pains of Being Pure at Heart have inspired them by example. Though the Pains got an initial boost from Brooklyn’s relatively supportive scene, they quickly transcended their niche to become a band that can fill midsize venues all over the country and even abroad.

“I don’t feel like we’d ever have to blow up like the Pains did in the past year,” Mitnik said in early May. “But they played Popfest last year and weren’t really anybody, and now here they are touring the world. I don’t really have any lofty dreams that that would be us. But playing Popfest certainly represents the best opportunity we’d have to reach that wider, sympathetic audience.” (Popfest organizer Clyde Barretto was already sympathetic: in 2007 he released an EP by Mitnik’s solo project, Fireflies.)

The past four months have been the busiest in the band’s brief history. Hoping to fill out their sound, in March they recruited Katie Watkins, 26, from local folk-pop duo Katie & Pat to play keyboard and sing backups. April was dominated by the recording of a new EP, Reminders. And in early May, they finalized plans for a weeklong tour—six shows in six cities, culminating in a prime-time slot at Brooklyn’s Cake Shop on the final night of Popfest.

By the third day of their 1,000-mile journey they’d been humbled by an equal parts unruly and apathetic crowd at a dive bar in Akron. They were playing right before the bar’s karaoke night was scheduled to start, and people didn’t want to wait—a few of them started chanting “You suck!” through an open window behind Rogers’s head. “I’m really looking forward to a more receptive audience,” he said with a laugh.

“Best-case scenario for Popfest?” said Watkins. “The venue is packed, the sound is pristine, and we play flawlessly and get signed to a label. Worst case? Everyone hates us. But even if they did, twee kids are way too nice to say so.”

After a final warm-up show in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Very Truly Yours rolled into New York City on Friday, May 15— a couple days before their show. The band’s east-coast gigs had drawn modest but enthusiastic crowds, but those were small potatoes compared to Popfest, whose lineup included cult heroes like Rose Melberg (Tiger Trap, the Softies) and reclusive Swedes the Radio Dept.

Very Truly Yours were in their element, rubbing shoulders with indie-pop devotees from around the world and dancing to DJs spinning Tullycraft and Black Tambourine. When they took the stage at 9 PM on Sunday night, after an exhausting weekend of camaraderie, it was for a tightly packed crowd of kindred spirits.

“Hi, we’re Very Truly Yours from Chicago,” Capua said sweetly, provoking the sort of respectful applause usually reserved for war veterans. The band broke into its opener, “Homesick.” Mitnik’s guitar was jangling beautifully, Capua was cooing with confidence—and then something went sickeningly wrong with the sound system. Distracting bursts of static peppered the mix, and Watkins’s keyboard went completely mute.

But the band soldiered on, playing through the rest of the song. Soon the technical problem was fixed and the set picked up steam. A cover of the 6ths’ “Falling Out of Love (With You)” got the crowd firmly on their side, and the response to their set-closing one-two punch—the title track from their new EP, “Reminders,” which they’d self-released earlier in the month, and the infectious “Pop Song ’91,” from a 2008 split EP with the Understudies—was the kind of enthusiastic ovation the band could only dream of provoking back home.

“I was really surprised when people in the audience were singing the words to ‘Pop Song ’91,’” Capua says. “That was great. Overall, it was just nice to be able to have an empathetic audience, and to be surrounded by people who are just as passionate about indie pop as I am. When it was over, I was somewhat sad, because we were going home, and it was like, ‘Well, now what?’ In New York, we didn’t have to beg our friends to see us. The shows were sold out because people genuinely wanted to see them.”

“Playing is much easier when you’re working with the crowd’s energy rather than fighting it,” Mitnik says. “So far, though, Popfest hasn’t caused the sea change that I secretly hoped for but didn’t exactly expect. It’s actually been somewhat frustrating, having played all over the place, to then have trouble getting a gig back here in our hometown. But it’s OK, because I understand . . . this is what 99 percent of bands go through. At the very least, it was nice to transcend just being a band playing some songs, and feel like we were really part of something greater.”
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by danny » Fri Jul 17, 2009 17:57

what? no mention of their awesome show in the booming metropolis of new haven? hah.
what a great article. hopefully it gets them some gigs.

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Very Truly Yours » Fri Jan 15, 2010 17:10

Hey there Danny, Jennifer and others,

We finally joined Anorak and the Indiepop list this month. I wanted to let you know we did record Falling Out Of Love (With You) during the sessions for our debut album and It's on our Myspace page now. It will be coming out on a Susy Records Fanzine comp. soon. As for the album we are finishing it up and it will be out in March on Skywriting records. YAY! There's a few new songs floating around on Youtube also. -Andy

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Post by String Bean Jen » Fri Jan 15, 2010 21:55

Very Truly Yours wrote:Hey there Danny, Jennifer and others,

We finally joined Anorak and the Indiepop list this month. I wanted to let you know we did record Falling Out Of Love (With You) during the sessions for our debut album and It's on our Myspace page now. It will be coming out on a Susy Records Fanzine comp. soon. As for the album we are finishing it up and it will be out in March on Skywriting records. YAY! There's a few new songs floating around on Youtube also. -Andy

http://www.myspace.com/verytrulymusic
An album out in just over a month's time? That's fantastic! Aw, I knew about the song for Susy Records but this is something to look forward to even more. The world tour should surely follow then? ;-)
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Post by Outcognito » Sat Jan 16, 2010 00:44

String Bean Jen wrote: The world tour should surely follow then? ;-)
Oh yes! Hope you can make it to the UK at the very least.
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by fajarmartha » Sat Feb 06, 2010 19:14

RITH wrote:
String Bean Jen wrote:The Lorimer Sound split in July I think? I saw their last show, and then I saw their first show as Very Truly Yours just over a month later.
I interviewed The Lorimer Sound's Christopher a month ago, and among other things he said "I think you can expect another EP within the next year." Yay!

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Post by panchito » Sat Feb 06, 2010 20:30

yay for the upcoming album!!!
And that article was soooo nice!
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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Skywriting Rob » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:28

Hey All-
Things You Used to Say, the new full-length from Very Truly Yours, is now available for pre-order through the Skywriting Shop. The CD comes out officially on March 23rd, though pre-orders should hopefully be shipping a few weeks before that. We have some info (including a new MP3!) up at http://www.skywritingrecords.com.

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Post by Eardrums Knut » Wed Feb 17, 2010 21:54

Great news, and what a lovely song! I'm really looking forward to their album. I also highly recommend Lisle's recent Fireflies album "Autumn Almanac", which is really good.

Lisle and Kristine will be one of the collaborating projects on the new Eardrumspop-collaboration-compilation "Between Two Waves". They will call themselves Tiny Fireflies on this one, since it's a collab between Lisle's Fireflies and Kristine's solo-project Tiny Microphone. "Between Two Waves" will also be released in March (hopefully!), and will include collabs between The Honeydrips/Boa Constrictor, Chariots of Tuna/Cineplexx, Le Man Avec Les Lunettes/Rough Bunnies, The Very Most/Slow Motion Love Hug, The Bilinda Butchers/ski_music, Jacob Borshard/Helena Sundin (Cake on Cake), Sundae/Girl Alliance, My Little Pony/bFachada and several others (+/- 30 collab.projects).
Cover art will also be collaborations...
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Post by String Bean Jen » Tue Aug 03, 2010 13:58

This is awesome. There's this cable access show in Chicago called Chic-a-go-go. It's one of those old traditions that you hope doesn't go away, like drive-in movie theatres, but that is always struggling for funding and new audiences to keep going. Anyway, they do a fine job in keeping the show fresh by inviting the most diverse local and touring groups to come and mime a song for them. To keep it lively for the show, anyone can come and watch the band but you must DANCE! It's also a family-friendly show so kids and people of all ages are welcome. It's not just for hipsters. They always try to have a diverse age range and kind of people bopping away in the background.

So you can see Very Truly Yours doing 'Across the Sea' here followed by a short interview. It's funny to see everyone jumping all over the place to such gentle pop. I encourage you to have a look at the myriad of other bands they've had on, The Cannanes is one. There's loads of interviews done by Mia and Ratso on there too!
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Post by Eardrums Knut » Tue Aug 03, 2010 14:31

Wow, that one made me smile! What a lovely performance! I need to check out the other videos from Chic-a-go-go!
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Post by tonieee » Tue Aug 03, 2010 15:03

Very Truly Yours is my current number one recommended band by last.fm! I shall check them out later...

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Very Truly Yours » Tue Oct 19, 2010 16:19

Hey there, just wanted to let you know about the latest zine/comp. from Twee Grrrls Club. There are so many good bands on it and we were happy to be included! Details below:

***TWEE GRRRLS CLUB presents***
Indie Pop Compilation CD
"GRRRLS TALK"
With Special Zine (48Pages)
2010.10.6 Release!!!!!
¥2500-tax in-
GREED MUSIC


1. Lovely Eggs - Have you ever heard a digital accordion?
2. Sweater Girls - Finger Crossed
3. Allo Darlin' - Polaroid Song
4. Very Truly Yours - Homesick
5. Dream Diary - Bird In my garden
6. Aias - Moto
7. Horse Shoes - Midnight Running Club
8. Young Friends - Down Town
9. Sea Lions - She's So Fine
10. The Drums - Let's Go Surfing (Knight School Remix)
11. My Teenage Stride - Theme From Teenage Stride
12. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - This Love Is Fucking Right!
13. Catwalk - Past Afar
14. Knight School - You = Mountain
15. The Blanche Hudson Weekend - Let Me Go
16.Veronica Falls-Beachy Head
17.Dum Dum Girls-Jail La La
18.Love Is All-Repetition
19.Summer Cats-Your Timetable

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Sasha » Wed Oct 20, 2010 13:18

Very Truly Yours wrote:Hey there, just wanted to let you know about the latest zine/comp. from Twee Grrrls Club. There are so many good bands on it and we were happy to be included! Details below:

***TWEE GRRRLS CLUB presents***
Indie Pop Compilation CD
"GRRRLS TALK"
With Special Zine (48Pages)
2010.10.6 Release!!!!!
¥2500-tax in-
GREED MUSIC


1. Lovely Eggs - Have you ever heard a digital accordion?
2. Sweater Girls - Finger Crossed
3. Allo Darlin' - Polaroid Song
4. Very Truly Yours - Homesick
5. Dream Diary - Bird In my garden
6. Aias - Moto
7. Horse Shoes - Midnight Running Club
8. Young Friends - Down Town
9. Sea Lions - She's So Fine
10. The Drums - Let's Go Surfing (Knight School Remix)
11. My Teenage Stride - Theme From Teenage Stride
12. Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - This Love Is Fucking Right!
13. Catwalk - Past Afar
14. Knight School - You = Mountain
15. The Blanche Hudson Weekend - Let Me Go
16.Veronica Falls-Beachy Head
17.Dum Dum Girls-Jail La La
18.Love Is All-Repetition
19.Summer Cats-Your Timetable
Holy crap that's the best collections of bands on a compilation I've ever seen!

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Re: Very Truly Yours

Post by Rob » Wed Oct 27, 2010 18:17

Very Truly Yours wrote:Hey there, just wanted to let you know about the latest zine/comp. from Twee Grrrls Club. There are so many good bands on it and we were happy to be included! Details below:

***TWEE GRRRLS CLUB presents***
Indie Pop Compilation CD
"GRRRLS TALK"
With Special Zine (48Pages)
2010.10.6 Release!!!!!
¥2500-tax in-
GREED MUSIC
I can't find a good way to order this one, I can find it on the "Violet and Claire" website but the whole thing is in japanese and i can't figure out how to order.
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