Owl & Mouse join Fika Recordings

18 Apr

Owl & Mouse

We’re excited to announce Owl & Mouse have joined the Fika Recordings fold! We’ve spent almost two years trying to persuade Hannah and co to let us release their debut full EP on vinyl; after a wonderful CDR on Haircut Records and a split release on Hangover Lounge Records, we’ve finally done it. “Somewhere To Go” will be available in June and features 4 brand new Owl & Mouse tracks on a sky blue 7″ vinyl. There’s been some help from Fika’s friends too – the EP was recorded by Giles Barrett (Tigercats) at the ever fantastic Soup Studio, while the magnificently talented Paul Rain (Allo Darlin’) is responsible for the gorgeous sleeve design.

The 7″ EP is available to pre-order now, and if you’re lucky enough to be attending Wales Goes Pop over the Easter weekend, Owl & Mouse will be showcasing some songs from the new EP there. Enjoy!

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Tigercats

10 Apr

We’re very excited to announce that Tigercats are back! Following the success of their debut album Isle Of Dogs in 2012, they’ll be playing a show for us on Saturday the 24th of May, at The Shacklewell Arms in London to preview material from their upcoming album before they head over to Spain to play the Primavera festival. Support comes from Fika favourites Fever Dream and Mammoth Penguins.
Tickets are available now from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/269947.

TIGERCATS
Tigercats return for their first London show in almost a year having completed recording the follow up to 2012’s debut album “Isle Of Dogs”.

Tigercats are a band from East London who make pop music with guitars, keyboards and drums. After previous band Esiotrot shambled to a halt, songwriter Duncan Barrett sought a leaner, lither framework for his open-hearted songs. He asked his brother and long-time producer Giles to join on bass, who was soon followed by Jonny on drums, Laura on keyboard and Paul on guitar. After early singles on Haircut Records and WeePop, their debut album Isle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos. In their short life Tigercats have played across most of Europe, including sets at Primavera Festival, appearances on Spanish TV (RTVE Radio3) and Indietracks. Across innumerable mini-tours they have shared stages with: Allo Darlin’, the Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, the Lovely Eggs and Milky Wimpshake, amongst others. They recently completed their first trip across the pond and toured the USA and Canada with labelmates the Smittens and Making Marks in spring 2013, culminating with a headline appearance at NYC Popfest. They played End of the Road Festival last summer with the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Dinosaur Jr and Sigur Ros, and they are currently working on their second album, which they hope to have out in time for summer 2014.

“Tigercats are a very, very good band. The kind of band that make you want to be a teenager again, so they can be your band.”
The Sunday Times

“there’s something unconsciously authentic about Tigercats… this could be a band to listen to obsessively”
Drowned In Sound

“Their songs betray no alterior motives of forced cool, only an enthusiastic young band in love with making songs. Excellent, alive, and bright.“
Artrocker

tigercatsband.com

FEVER DREAM
If post-punk bashed heads with shoegaze – you’d probably end up with a band that sounds like Fever Dream. Frantic shreds of guitar over that bass sound held together by tight as drumming. Easily one of the best live bands around at the moment.

“Taking inspiration from the noisy 90s, ie: Sonic Youth, Pavement and My Bloody Valentine they create intriguingly varied tracks. They range from gushing dream-pop melancholia on ‘This Waste’ to scuzzy, guitar and skewed rhythms on ‘Poyekhali!’ and messy, snarly post-punk on ‘Suspense’ – think Ride meets Fidlar.”
This Is Fake DIY

feverdream.co.uk

MAMMOTH PENGUINS
Infectious, scrappy lo-fi indie rock from Emma, Mark and Tom. They’re a 3-piece
indie-pop/alt-rock band from Cambridgeshire.

facebook.com/MammothPenguins

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Making Marks – Like Spinning

7 Apr

We’ve one more treat from Making Marks’ debut album for you: a video for Like Spinning. A version of the track initially appeared on their very first release as Making Marks, as the b-side to the Ticket Machine single, back in 2012. Here, songwriter Ola Innset has filmed and produced a video for the album version of the track, which will give you an insight into the side of Oslo he sees within the song…

A Thousand Half-Truths is available to buy now on heavyweight 12″ vinyl and as a digipack CD; also available as a digital download. We have a few copies left of their first 7″ singles, Ticket Machine and Barcodes, and a few copies of their Norwegian single Uten En Tråd.

They’ll be touring Europe in May, catch them here:
22.05.14 – Ohibo, Milano (IT)
23.05.14 – Café Kairo, Bern (CH)
24.05.14 – Ostpol, Dresden (DE)
25.05.14 – Theatron Festival, München (DE)
26.05.14 – Konrad, Luxembourg (LX)
27.05.14 – Astra Stube, Hamburg (DE)
28.05.14 – Antje Øklesund, Berlin (DE)
29.05.14 – Feinkost Lampe, Hannover (DE)

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Cosines “Commuter Love” new single out May 12th

14 Mar

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London’s Cosines are back with Commuter Love / Disclosed Stories 7”, their follow up to their debut single Hey Sailor Boy! / The Answer. Once again on the unstoppable Fika Recordings label (home of Tiger Cats, Making Marks, the Smittens) which is becoming known as the beacon of what’s cool and classy coming out of the indie pop underground in the UK.

As with their debut Cosines schizophrenic nature is their strength with being able to float above the current indie pop crop by infusing elements of baroque pop, krautrock, sunshine pop revival, glam rock, and synth-driven new wave while never taking so much from any genre to bog themselves down and lose sight of crafting perfect pop hits.

The A-side Commuter Love is the tale of someone who spends their days commuting to work set to a glam rock and romp. It’s an icy cool song about train commutes with nods to Blondie’s pouty pomp and Goldfrapp’s sultry stomp. Lyrics we can all relate to set to verse chorus verse, it’s a hit all the way to the top to help ease your working week and those daily travels. You know the moments where you are sitting there and you slip into your mind and you realize you are stationary and your life is passing you by. Time wasted in transit from station to station all to sit stationary at work at a desk or monitor only to get home to be so tired you are sat stationary again flipping from yet another type of station to station. You have more knowledge about the characters on tv and their lives than those of your friends.

The B-Side Disclosed Stories walks the line between sunshine revival, motorik krautrock-isms and stoic soul. It’s like if Camera Obscura was influenced by Neu! and fronted by Kirsty MacColl. The song recalls a place we’ve all been at some point where you have that one friend which is so close you think maybe it could work out, but you can’t ruin what you have. You are there for each other sharing those stories and times that are pure frustration watching each other make mistakes. You think if the person you were with was like them, but you know it will end it heartbreak if you did.

Pre-order the new 7″ single “Commuter Love” from Cosines

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Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures – Parking Lots

11 Mar

Parking Lots is taken from Gin, the new album from Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures.

Gin is available now on gin-coloured vinyl with printed inner sleeve containing full lyrics and download code, digipack CD with lyrics booklet and digital download.

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