The 2017 Indietracks compilation contains 44 songs, with, as far as I can tell, just six of the acts having previously featured on TVV – Just Joans, Kid Canaveral, The Orchids, Perfect English Weather, The Wave Pictures, and The Wedding Present.

I’ve gone for a band whose very name I’ve long wanted to feature on TVV after seeing it on a poster in the window of the 13th Note in Glasgow, advertising that they were making an appearance at said venue, albeit I had missed them by a few days.

mp3: Crywank – I Am In Great Pain, Help Me

From bandcamp:-

Crywank are a UK based anti-folk band. They formed in Manchester. Jay is from Barnsley, Dan is from Darwen. They mostly write sad songs and have been told they are the worst named band in the country.

There’s a wiki page which adds plenty more.

The band is a duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist and founder Jay Clayton, (who is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns) and drummer Dan Watson, who joined in 2012.  The group have independently released eight full length albums and have previously toured the UK, Ireland, Mainland Europe, Russia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and Canada.

Crywank announced in 2019 that they were intending to break up after a world tour in the summer of 2020. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the tour was cut short before they could tour round the USA.

On May 1st 2020, Crywank released their seventh album entitled Fist Me ‘Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth.  On August 28th 2021, despite previously announcing that Fist Me ‘Til Your Hand Comes Out My Mouth would be their final album, Crywank announced their eighth studio album Just Popping In to Say Hi would be released on September 13th of that same year.

Going back to the bandcamp page, there’s info that the eighth album is actually a solo release by Jay, who now lives in Toronto, but with the full permission of Dan who I assume is still in England.  It will be the final Crywank album with it consisting of songs dealing with the break-up of the band, with Jay intending to continue writing and performing under the name of Lovewank, with the idea being to concentrate on love songs.

Here’s the link to the bandcamp page if you want to find out more.

If nothing else, the appearance of Crywank at Indietracks gives you all the proof you need to realise that the festival was far from one-dimensional.



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