In celebration and in support of the festival, The Halifax Pop Explosion Association is producing a fundraiser concert that will take place on June 4 and will feature performances by In-Flight Safety, Andrew Watt & The Glory Glory, Milks & Rectangles, Racoon Bandit, Heavy Meadows along with other festivities planned for the evening.
In-Flight Safety kick started 2010 with their song, “Model Homes,” being featured in a season premiere episode of NBC’s Chuck. Later that same week they found out by surprise that their song “Surround” had been chosen to score the TV trailer for the romantic box office smash hit, Dear John. Soon after, the band headed West, playing at Vancouver’s LiveCity Downtown site during the Olympics. Back home the band recently celebrated the ECMA weekend, where they showcased for international delegates and performed as part of the concert series. The band took home two ECMA trophies: Alternative Record of The Year and Group of the Year. Going into the weekend In-Flight Safety was the second most nominated act, behind Joel Plaskett. The group recently returned from a National tour featuring dates with two buzz-worthy bands from Vancouver: Said The Whale and Yukon Blonde.
Mixing a combination of DIY Phil Spector “wall of sound” production with the melodic charms or Randy Newman, the cloudy haze of Dennis Wilson, and the large-scale arrangements of Brian Wilson, Andrew Watt and The Glory Glory’s First Day of Summer Life is an orchestral pop gem. As a member of the internationally renowned Halifax pop outfit The Heavy Blinkers, Watt received critical acclaim from magazines such as Mojo, Q, Uncut, and Rolling Stone. Recently, The Heavy Blinkers were named one of the “greatest bands you probably never heard of” by Spin.
Show tickets are on sale for $12 advance through www.ticketpro.ca or $15 at the door.