And, from what I've heard of their music, it's definitely worth heading to the Valley and sampling some sounds from these Brisbane independents.
I'll be honest -- although I've been to lots of Stress of Leisure shows (and love their CDs), I don't know the other bands well. But a quick whirl through the Googlesphere suggests that they all include plenty of guitars and lean towards the tight, jangly end of the pop spectrum (though with some harder edges and heavier bits thrown in).
The bands themselves say their uniting factor is 'their common affection for a damn fine melody and a DIY attitude' -- hence the joint show that they are putting together at The Zoo. The gig will also serve as a launch for The Better Mousetrap Treatment's first single, Sidewalk Glass. If you're in the mood for some sunny pop with a Brisbane flavour, take a look at the clip for the song below.
The Stress of Leisure in two-piece mode at the Beetle Bar last month (full band will play at The Zoo)
Reviews for the bands have described them variously as 'a crafty blend of folk pop' (Swaying Buildings reviewed on Brisbane Sounds), 'an energised blast of fuzzy guitar and meaty rhythm' (The Stress of Leisure on AU Review), 'chiming, cleanly strummed guitar pop with keyboards' (The Bell Divers on Is By Bus blog), and 'finely honed laidback pop goodness' (The Better Mousetrap Treatment in Rave Magazine).