Friday 4th November
Open 5pm // Live music from 8:30pm
London based twin guitar indie pop band Average Sex were formed in the autumn of 2016 featuring the songwriting duo of multi-instrumentalist Sam Alexander O’Donovan and Parisian lyricist, singer and illustrator Laetitia Bocquet.
The band have a long history of working with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess, in the studio and live in addition to releasing three EPs on Tim’s label O Genesis Recordings.
Hailing from London Average Sex write bright, breezy and melodic three minute indie smash hits that you are going to want dance to the very moment you hear them. Comprising sharp lyrics and commentary with a playful and close to flirtatious vibe there is a pronounced consistency in sound and ethos between the band’s recordings and their live shows.
“Cathartic alt-pop that manages to be simultaneously off-kilter and melodious” – The Times
Bar Pandora’s melodious alt-pop is playfully sewn together from the offcuts of personal experience – field recordings, journal entries and improvised fragments – which bop bewitchingly along to a rich undercurrent of harmonic synths, guitars and dynamic beats.
The songs are penned with mischievous frankness and a rare light touch, delivering confessional composites of personal histories and inner-monologues via seductive melodies and the unforgettable appeal of Charlie Tophill’s smooth and sinuous vocal.
After creating Bar Pandora in October 2021, Tophill received funding from Arts Council England to collaborate with jungle producer Simply Dread on her debut EP. The self-titled release came out in July 2022 and earned the project early support and radio play from BBC Radio 6’s Amy Lamé and Tom Robinson. The lead single was also listed in The Times newspaper alongside Beyoncé and Gorillaz as one of the tracks of the week.
Bar Pandora’s live performances are earning her a solid fan base and a fluid band line-up means one gig can be quite different to the next. Her performances are intriguing and exciting, adding sampling and live looping to a three-piece band, building electrifying worlds of sound to offset her beguiling crystalline vocals. In the words of one reviewer: “Bar Pandora’s mesmerising live incarnation is going to knock your socks off. Charlie has an immense charisma & stage presence and the way [the band] played off each other to realise her unusual & haunting compositions is breath taking.” (Hot Music Live)