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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Over’s Now Overdue out today

30 Jun

Get it from Spotify | iTunes | Bandcamp

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‘A Tent of Blankets’ – new single from The Hayman Kupa Band out today

9 Jun

“Darren Hayman and Emma Kupa today unveil the fruits of their wonderful new collaborative effort – and the glowing pop of “A Tent Of Blankets” might well be the sweet shot-in-the-arm you were craving all along” GoldFlakePaint.

Listen here:

Spotify | iTunes | Bandcamp

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The Just Joans join Fika Recordings

26 May

It’s been five long years since The Just Joans released their first full length album on WeePOP! and we’ve been eagerly awaiting what was to come next.

So we’re obviously VERY excited to be saying The Just Joans have joined us here at Fika Recordings. We’ve got a brand new 2 track 7″ vinyl from them out in July (just in time for Indietracks). No Longer Young Enough is on mustardy yellow vinyl, the flip side has Breakfast For Our Tea. If you’ve seen The Just Joans lately, there’s a chance you’ll remember one or other of these..

This one’s available to pre-order right now.

And then you’ll only have to wait until the autumn for the new full length album. But we’ll tell you all about that in due course…

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June 21st: Enderby’s Room at St Pancras Old Church

11 May

Advance tickets £10 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings

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Jun 21st: Enderby’s Room with The Wave Pictures and Emma Kupa at St Pancras Old Church

27 Apr

We’re putting on a very special gig in the beautiful confines of St Pancras Old Church to celebrate the release of the debut album from Enderby’s Room. And we’re delighted to be able to say both The Wave Pictures and Emma Kupa will be playing full sets in support of Enderby’s Room.

ENDERBY’S ROOM

Enderby’s Room is fiddle player Dan Mayfield, once from rural Lincolnshire, but he has now found home living in London. His folk tinged songs reflect on his traditional folk upbringing. Mayfield has played violin for many artists including Daniel Johnston, Darren Hayman, The Wave Pictures, Allo Darlin’ and the Belles of London City morris dancers.
Over the past ten years he has gently built up a collection of his own songs, which he performs with his band Enderby’s Room. The name comes from an Anthony Burgess character called Mr Enderby who composed his prose inside the toilet. The band’s make up has been constantly evolving; around 30 different individuals have been a part of Enderby’s Room over the last decade, before settling on the current 5 piece lineup.
Enderby’s Room’s sound features a Victorian pedal harmonium, together with French horn, double bass, ukulele, guitar and percussion.

“Unfolding gently, the quiet grace of Enderby’s Room seems to draw on the folk tradition while taking brave chances of its own.” Clash Music”
“At times they capture the sumptuous melancholia of Low; at others, they’re finding new shapes for indie folk” How Does It Feel
“their delicate harmonies, unusual instruments and vivid storytelling are intricately woven and desperately beautiful” Green Man Festival

THE WAVE PICTURES

The Wave Pictures are David Tattersall, Franic Rozycki and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm. Formed in 1998 when Franic and David lived in a village called Wymeswold, the band played with several drummers until Jonny became a permanent member in 2003 replacing Hugh J Noble. In the beginning the band learned to play together by covering Jonathan Richman songs but soon David was writing lots of original material.
They have since released six studio albums to critical acclaim and played numerous sessions on BBC 6 Music, Radio 1 and Xfm. Interest generated from these recordings has enabled The Wave Pictures to play shows all over the world with artists including Jeffrey Lewis, Darren Hayman, Stanley Brinks, Freschard and Herman Düne.

EMMA KUPA

Emma stepped into the limelight as the lead singer, bass player and songwriter for much loved (and missed) indie heroes Standard Fare, and has since been a front woman in Without Feathers, Mammoth Penguins and The Hayman Kupa Band. What she lacks in quality band names she more than makes up for in intensely personal and irresistibly hummable pop tunes.

BELLES OF LONDON CITY

An innovative and unique blend of morris dancing, song, music and foolery with a modern edge, with Enderby’s Room’s Dan Mayfield on fiddle.

Advance tickets available from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings.

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