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Bitter Springs


Interviews


Interview (2019)

Bitter Springs - Interview

In our sixth interview with him, Simon Rivers, the frontman with the West London alt. rock band the Bitter Springs, talks to John Clarkson about their forthcoming ninth album, 'The Odd Shower'.


Interview (2016)

Bitter Springs - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Simon Rivers, the frontman with London-based cult group the Bitter Springs, about his band's new record, 'Cuttlefish and Love's Remains'


Interview (2013)

Bitter Springs - Interview

John Clarkson chats to Simon Rivers from underrated London indie rockers the Bitter Springs about his group's new double CD and first album in seven years, 'Everyone's Cup of Tea'


Interview (2007)

Bitter Springs - Interview

John Clarkson speaks to Simon Rivers from the durable, diverse London band the Bitter Springs, who will be playing the Pennyblackmusic Bands Night on the 3rd March, about their recent album 'That Sentimental Slush' and their intensive plans for this year


Interview with Simon Rivers (2003)

Bitter Springs - Interview with Simon Rivers

Bitter Springs have been together in one form or another since the 80's. With several albums of their own, they are also play as legendary punk star Vic Godard's backing band in the Subway Sect. Frontman Simor Rivers chat about his group's history


Live

Bull and Gate, London, 7/1/2011

Bitter Springs - Bull and Gate, London, 7/1/2011

Neil Palmer sees the often under rated Bitter Springs play a shortened, but life affirming set of their unique brand of indie rock at the Bull and Gate in London


12 Bar Club, London, 1/5/2007

Bitter Springs - 12 Bar Club, London, 1/5/2007

After more than 25 years of making music, Bitter Springs front man Simon Rivers recently played his first ever solo gig as the support act to the Band of the Holy Joy. Neil Palmer watches him play a brief, but stunning set liable to move even the heaviest of hearts


Albums

(Suburban Crimes of) Everyday Happiness (2021)

Bitter Springs - (Suburban Crimes of)  Everyday Happiness

In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Kimberly Bright finds that the Bitter Springs’ magnificent remastered 2001 masterpiece '(Suburban Crimes of) Every Happiness' hasn’t aged a day.


That Sentimental Slush (2006)

Bitter Springs - That Sentimental Slush

In the latest in our 'Re : View' series, in which we reassess albums which we feel deserve another look, John Clarkson examines the Bitter Springs' sprawling fifth and latest album, 'That Sentimental Slush'


Reviews


Cuttlefish and Love's Remains (2016)


Challenging but thought-provoking and highly rewarding eighth album from West London-based band, the Bitter Springs


Gary Glitter Fan Club Convention (2011)


Brilliantly downbeat fourth single from their forthcoming new album for consistently undervalued London-based band, the Bitter Springs


TV Tears (2011)


Clever and eloquent dissection of reality TV on infectious download only single from the Bitter Springs


My Life as a Dog in a Pigsty (2010)


Gritty and wryly humorous latest download single from constantly undervalued West London act Bitter Springs


And Even Now (2009)


Electrifying first single in three years from versatile West London-based act, the Bitter Springs, which consists of five different versions of the same song


Poor Trace (2006)


High quality indie rock on latest EP from under-rated London-based group, the Bitter Springs, who combine astute social commentary and a catchy pop sound


Firm Family Favourites (2006)


Witty and catchy indie rock on exceptional new EP from durable London-based band, the Bitter Springs


Related


Interviews

Oldfield Youth Club
Interview Oldfield Youth Club - Interview

Simon Rivers, the front man with the Bitter Springs, talks to John Clarkson about his decision to form also another band Oldfield Youth Club, and both groups’ forthcoming appearance at the Pennyblackmusic 20th Anniversary gig at the Water Rats in London.


Live

Bitter Springs, Stained Glass Heroes and
Needles, London, 16/12/2003 Goblins - Needles, London, 16/12/2003

In one of London's more obscure venues, Olga Sladeckova watches headliners Bitter Springs and two other local bands, Stained Glass Heroes and the Lazarus Effect, deliver tight, but impressive sets


Features

Pennyblackmusic 20th Anniversary Bands' Night
Water Rats, London, 15/9/2018 Miscellaneous - Water Rats, London, 15/9/2018

Dominic Simpson reflects on our 20th Anniversary gig at the Water Rats in London, which included sets by the Bitter Springs, Idiot Son, Oldfield Youth Club and Raf and O.


Pennyblackmusic 20th Anniversary Bands' Night
Water Rats, London, 15/9/2018 Miscellaneous - Water Rats, London, 15/9/2018

We profile our 20th Anniversary Bands' Night which will take place on Saturday September 15th at the Water Rats in London and feature sets from The Bitter Springs, Idiot Son, Oldfield Youth Club and Raf and O.


Band of Holy Joy
(With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015 Band Of Holy Joy - (With the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son), Macbeth, London, 9/1/2015

Dominic Simpson looks back on our first Bands' Nights of 2015, which at the Macbeth in London, saw sets from the Band of Holy Joy, the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
Macbeth, London, 8/1/2015 Miscellaneous - Macbeth, London, 8/1/2015

We profile our next Pennyblackmusic Bands' night which will take place at the Macbeth in London, and will include sets from the Band of Holy Joy, the Bitter Springs and Idiot Son


Penny Black Music Bands Night
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

We profile our 10th Penny Black Music Bands Night, which will take place from 3pm on September 9th at the London Spitz and feature sets from the Bitter Springs, Hey Negrita, Rothko, Friends, Saint Joan, Kelman and Joe Gideon as well as music from the DJs at Uptight


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
3/3/2007

Our 9th Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which took place on the 3rd March featured strong performances from Viarosa, the Bitter Springs, Joe Gideon and the Shark and Andy Thompson. We look back on a great night of music


Pennyblackmusic Bands Night
Profile Miscellaneous - Profile

We preview the 9th Penny Black Music Night which will take place at the Spitz in London on Saturday 3rd March and will feature Viarosa, the Bitter Springs and Joe Gideon and the Shark







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