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When covering artists from the north-east, it’s normally safe to say that they’re, well, local. Not so in the case of Chris Rollen, formerly one-third of no-fi popsters Les Cox Sportifs and now the Berlin-based brains behind Pea Sea.

Having released the gorgeous, quietly melancholic The Debateable Land back in 2013 (becoming a firm favourite of the likes of Marc Riley in the process), Rollen is now returning to the region as part of a brief UK tour in support of his recently released follow-up Lonnin Life. Recorded partially in the famous Hansa Studios, Lonnin Life is a superb thirteen-track effort that again showcases a powerful songwriting imagination that drawn comparisons to the like of Jonathan Richman and Jake Thackray. Mature and wry in all the right places, it’s another fine album that deserves all plaudits coming in its direction.

Hitting both Sunderland and Newcastle, Pea Sea arrives at the intimate confines of Pop Recs on Wednesday 7th June, followed by a headline performance at Cluny 2 on Thursday 8th June. On both dates, he’s supported by the prolific and powerful Leeds-based artist and musician Alisia Casper and askew York song-smith Stink Taps. With Pea Sea live shows being an inevitably rare occurrence, make sure you mark these two dates in your diary.

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