80s indie stalwarts trading in politically energised guitar pop – a true treasure chest of hooks, riffs and leftist messages.
Hailing from Barking, Essex, McCarthy are today considered one of the standard bearing politically inclined bands of that era, possessed of a broader outlook and wittier, better observed lyrics than most of the competition.

By the time McCarthy appeared on the NME’s C86 cassette they had already been playing together for a couple of years and released two excellent singles.Their debut “In Purgatory” and the indie masterpiece “Red Sleeping Beauty”. The following year McCarthy released the brilliant “Frans Hals” before unleashing their debut album “I Am A Wallet” in 1987
Now recognised as an indiepop masterpiece it has gone on to achieve cult status, receiving praise from the likes of Nicky Wire (Manic Street Preachers) as one of the most important albums of the 80s. Known by todays indie accolites as the band that spawned Tim Gane and Leititia Sadier (who of course went on to form Stereolab).

the 'Complete Albums, Singles and BBC Collection' was released by Cherry Red in 2014

1987 Debut LP 'I Am A Wallet' reissued by Optic Nerve in August 2014