The Flatmates, part of the mid-1980s British indie pop boom, were part of
The Subway Organization, a Bristol record label formed by Martin
Whitehead, who was also guitarist and main songwriter for the band.
Following the band’s formation in 1985, singles such as ‘I Could Be in
Heaven’, ‘Happy All the Time’ and ‘Shimmer’ established the band as
potentially one of the most successful indie bands of the time, but the
Flatmates disbanded in early 1989 before releasing a proper studio album.
Closely associated with the C86 scene that included The Soup Dragons,
Primal Scream and The Wedding Present, the band’s lasting influence can be
heard in a raft of new indie pop bands (mainly from the States) including
Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast and Bleached.
The Flatmates are now reforming after a gap of 23 years, with a new
line-up including singer Lisa Bouvier. They will be playing a mix of new
material, and tracks from their compilation album ‘Potpourri (Hits, Misses
and Demos ’85 – ’89)’, shortly to be reissued in a limited double vinyl
edition by Optic Nerve Records. The band also have a track on the mega
Cherry Red Records indie pop anthology ‘Scared To Happen’ which is out in
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