The Just Joans “I Only Smoke When I Drink”

17 Nov

Today we’re releasing your final preview from the new record from The Just Joans! David Pope of The Just Joans had this to say about the track: “it is an ode to the tragicomedy that is the weekend. TFI Friday quickly evaporates to be replaced by FML Sunday, and the perpetual search for someone to stay in with inevitably ends in heartache and hangovers“.

You can listen to it on Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The album is out on the 1st of December, and we’re shipping all pre-orders out now to ensure you get your copy ahead of the official shop date. So if you’re after the heavyweight vinyl or the CD, then head over to the Fika Recordings shop and buy your copy – you’ll get an immediate download of all 4 tracks we’ve released so far too.
Buy The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” on vinyl, CD or digitally.

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Lived Here Before from Math and Physics Club

3 Nov

Following on from last year’s (long since sold out) 10 year retrospective from Math and Physics Club, we’re chuffed to announce they’ll be releasing their fourth studio album Lived Here Before in January 2018. We’ll be working alongside our good friends at Matinee Recordings for this one, and we’ll have a heavyweight blue 12″ vinyl version ready for you in the new year. But in case that’s too long to wait, there’s a digital single from the album out today too. All the Mains are Down is available from all the usual outlets, and you can pre-order the LP from our shop now.

All the Mains are Down – Math and Physics Club
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O’ Caledonia from The Just Joans

27 Oct

We’ve another new track from The Just Joans’ forthcoming album You Might Be Smiling Now… for you!

O’ Caledonia is the opening song on the album, and David Pope from the band describes it like this…

‘O Caledonia’ is a song inspired by my four-year-old niece who is, as yet, completely oblivious to the pain, misery and heartache that lies in wait just around the corner. This is our message to the young: You Might Be Smiling Now… Perhaps it’s the legacy of John Calvin and strict Northern Presbyterianism. Perhaps it’s the miserable weather and shite football. Either way, there feels a peculiar doom-laden cynicism at the heart of the Scottish psyche. Life is long and hard and filled with sin and guilt, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. Enjoy the song – or, actually, don’t enjoy the song. Just set your face against the wind and endure it.

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The Winter Sprinter 2018

13 Oct

Fika Recordings, WIAIWYA and Gare du Nord proudly present the return of annual Winter Sprinter!

Four nights, three labels, twelve bands, DJs… the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington.

Thanks to Track & Field and Fortuna Pop; without their previous stewardships of the Winter Sprinter, we’d all be sat at home feeling glum the first week of January.

A limited number of super early bird 4 day passes are available now for £32 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings. Keep an eye on the website, our Twitter and Facebook pages to keep up to date on the line up announcements!

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The Just Joans – “You Might Be Smiling Now…” pre-order

9 Oct

Cult Scottish miserabilists The Just Joans are delighted to be releasing their first new album in more than a decade, following the band’s signing to Fika Recordings.

Formed in Glasgow in 2005, The Just Joans have evolved from a shambling two-piece to an accomplished sextet that embraces rivalry and relationship in the vocals of siblings, David and Katie Pope.

Once described as ‘the missing link between The Magnetic Fields and The Proclaimers’, the band have used self-awareness and self-deprecation to continuously explore themes of angst, heartbreak and detachment in their songs.

From their 2006 debut album Last Tango in Motherwell through a series of successful EPs, to 2012’s compilation Buckfast Bottles In The Rain, the acerbic wit in David Pope’s observational lyrics have helped make the band a firm favourite of the indie-pop scene. Their rise has seen them play a plethora of international festivals, such as Wales Goes Pop, Indiefjords, NYC Popfest, and of course the Indietracks festival, of which they have been long-standing cult favourites since their first appearance in 2008.

The band are excited to release You Might Be Smiling Now…, a self-recorded and produced collection of new songs. The release offers more of the same cynicism, but from an older if not necessarily wiser perspective as evidenced on lead single No Longer Young Enough and You Make Me Physically Sick (Let’s Start Having Children) is a jaundiced slice of toybox pop that crosses The Human League and Harold Steptoe.

Complementing this shift in tone comes a more polished electronic sound on tracks A Matter of Time and Someone Else That You Like More Than Me while O’ Caledonia sails along at a blistering pace like no Just Joans lament before it.

Despite the band’s obvious maturity, You Might Be Smiling Now… still manages to maintain all the emotional charm and whimsical melodies that led The List to view The Just Joans as ‘a lovable blend of sleepy acoustic guitars, Brian Wilson-esque harmonies and West Coast sarcasm.’

Discussing the new album, singer-songwriter David Pope:

“You Might Be Smiling Now… could be considered a loose concept album. The songs detail the confusion in my teenage years, the horror of my twenties and the terror of my encroaching middle age. It’s somewhat self-indulgent, but I hope that these wee stories about small town boredom, drunken romance and misty-eyed nostalgia resonate with the other overgrown teenagers out there in their mid-thirties.”

The Just Joans are David Pope (vocals and guitar), Katie Pope (vocals), Chris Elkin (lead guitar), Fraser Ford (bass guitar), Doog Cameron (keyboards) and Jason Sweeney (drums).

Pre-order You Might Be Smiling Now… on heavyweight black vinyl, CD or as a download.

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The Hayman Kupa Band – No More Bombs video

9 Oct

Buy The Hayman Kupa Band vinyl, CD or download from us at Bandcamp, or get listen to it on Spotify or iTunes.

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The Just Joans “No Longer Young Enough” video

15 Aug