The Charity Shop Pop logo.
Charity Shop Pop

With people across the globe currently in coronavirus lockdown, a new release from Edge Hill University’s record label promises to bring a smile to the faces of pop fans.

Quarantine is a fun and catchy low-fi response to social distancing during the Covid-19 outbreak, created by Charity Shop Pop, the stage name of indie pop artist Dave Hughes, and released by The Label Recordings.

Dave has been working out of his locked-down bedroom in Ormskirk, Lancashire, with a guitar and a MacBook bought from a charity shop.

The song began life as a submission to an art project organised by Edge Hill’s Institute for Creative Enterprise, where Dave is a final-year music technology student, and it was snapped up by the University’s The Label Recordings.

Carl Hunter, of The Label Recordings, bass-player for legendary Liverpool band The Farm and senior lecturer, said: “This is a bedroom anthem that feels strangely universal right now.

“It’s as if Flight of the Conchords landed in Ormskirk and mated with Merseyside pop.”

The song has been re-recorded at the famous Parr Street studios in Liverpool and, once heard, Carl believes it will become everyone’s earworm for the lockdown.

Picture of Dave Hughes, better known as Charity Shop Pop.
Dave Hughes – Charity Shop Pop

Dave was signed by The Label Recordings in 2017, he was a Merseyrail Sound Station (musical development programme) artist in 2018 and now has a cult following.

He has previously supported music acts including Ali Horn and Witch Fever and he is now urging everyone to stream or watch the song now.

“I wrote the song for Edge Hill ICE to the brief of showing what I’m doing during lockdown,” he explained.

“I’m not a very serious person so I tried to have a laugh with it.

“Carl Hunter saw it and said I needed to put the video on the internet, so I did and the response was mad.

“For the rest of the week I just saw everyone sharing it all over Facebook and Instagram.”

Listen to Quarantine by Charity Shop Pop on Soundcloud or watch on YouTube now. After midnight on Saturday you will also be able to stream it on Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer.

Professor Martin McQuillan, Director of the Institute for Creative Enterprise, said: “The Quarantine song is a genius do-it-yourself response to the present crisis and one guy’s experience of boredom.

“It deserves a lot of air play at a time when it is important to help young artists find a way through this situation.

“It will put a smile on people’s faces.”

The Label Recordings is Edge Hill’s independent label without contracts, which has been set up by the University to promote existing new music and students eyeing-up a career in the competitive industry, offering real hands-on experience.