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

No Longer Young Enough out today

28 Jul

The first new release from The Just Joans for, well, way too long, is finally out now on custard yellow 7″ vinyl, and available digitally. They’re in the process of putting the final touches to a new album, so get your ears around No Longer Young Enough happy in the knowledge the wait for the next new material from The Just Joans isn’t too far away!

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

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The Hayman Kupa Band album out today

21 Jul

The debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band is available on heavyweight black vinyl, on CD or digitally from all the usual places.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The Hayman Kupa Band headline the Shacklewell Arms on the 24th of July (tickets available from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings), and play at Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (28-30 July).

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July 24th: The Hayman Kupa Band album launch show

8 Jul

Advance tickets from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings


THE HAYMAN KUPA BAND
When Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Emma Kupa (Standard Fare/ Mammoth Penguins) decided to make a duets record, we knew the results would be great, but we didn’t expect them to be THIS great. Gathering together a rhythm section consisting of Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic/Singing Adams) on bass and Cat Loye (Fever Dream) on drums, The Hayman Kupa band create brash, bold and effortlessly melodic power pop. Sharing writing duties and sometimes singing each others words, lines are blurred and creativity explored in a wonderfully exuberant collection of songs. The album, recorded in three days at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, is an exploration of relationships and, at its heart, it’s the sound of a friendship being made.


WOLF GIRL
Wolf Girl are Becky, Chris, Carl and Christabel – a garage pop four-piece based in South London. Having met each other through being in awkward teenage bands in the South East, they eventually formed in September 2013. With admirable authenticity, they record and rehearse in an old garage called Bucket East that backs onto the river Wandle, staying faithful to their garage-rock tendencies. It’s been said that they both do and don’t sound like the Ramones, and have also been compared to both the Shop Assistants and Bratmobile. Wolf Girl have their own trademarks though, offering a spirited take on powerful, melodic and jagged indie pop that often recalls the noisier aspects of C86.


SCHANDE
A London trio, Schande are known for writing discordantly catchy, melodic indie rock- that joyous blend of 90s indie at its best, mixed with a unique element of the unknown. Jen’s take on Schande’s sound is simple:
“We’re not story tellers- the music is landscape where literal meaning is irrelevant. We’re inspired by memory, by experience and by those undefined tangents and planes linking the two. Those tensions between space and location- that’s what we soundtrack.”

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