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

11 May

Advance tickets £10 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings

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.

The Hayman Kupa Band – debut album on Fika Recordings in July

26 Apr

We’ve been huge fans of Emma Kupa for a long time now, so we’re very excited to be working with her on the debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band, alongside Fika stalwart Darren Hayman.

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.

The first track taken from the album is No More Bombs, and we’ll be revealing a couple more in the run up to the album’s release on the 21st of July. You can pre-order it here.

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Enderby’s Room album out today

21 Apr

The debut album from Enderby’s Room is out today. Available on black 12″ vinyl, digifile CD and digitally to stream or download.

“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
“an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting” For The Rabbits
“it’s all rather lovely” For Folks Sake
“a lamenting duet” Folk Radio
“has a subtle beauty that will overwhelm you” Austin Town Hall
“an absolute stunner” A Musical Priority

Get it here:

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

April 26th: Stanley Brinks and Enderby’s Room

9 Apr

Come and join us on the 26th of April – we’re hosting Stanley Brinks and Enderby’s Room.

Stanley Brinks
Enderby’s Room
at Paper Dress Vintage (Mare St, Hackney Central, London)
April 26th
20:00-23:00

Advance tickets £8.50 from
wegottickets.com/fikarecordings
Tickets £10 on the door

“The Music” from Enderby’s Room out now

31 Mar

The final single from the Enderby’s Room album is here, and not long to wait now until the album is available on 12″ vinyl, CD and digitally in full.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

New single “Birds” from Enderby’s Room out now

17 Mar

The latest single from Enderby’s Room is out today! Birds is taken from their forthcoming debut album, and was premiered over at For The Rabbits yesterday. Here’s what they had to say about it:

The track is a delicate piece of gently unfurling minimalism, led by a lightly plucked acoustic, and the steady pulse of a double-bass; it’s left to the vocals to carry much of the melodic content. Thankfully in guest vocalist, Deerful’s Emma Winston, they’ve the perfect foil, while Emma’s own music exists in the field of electronic-pop, here she demonstrates herself an equally adept folk-singer. Emma’s silvery vocal effortlessly carrying the quiet melancholy of Dan’s words, as she sings of the natural migration of our avian visitors, “they’re preparing to leave this land and head somewhere warmer, far from our crystal winter“. It’s a song that knows we must all fly the nest at some point, but even in that inevitability, there’s still a sense of trepidation and sadness and what me way lose along the way.

The whole track builds to a quiet crescendo, as Dan and a third voice, belonging to Sophie Koonin, join to provide delightfully harmonious, counter melodies, and the rich, weezing tones of a Victorian pedal harmonium add a touch of depth, before the whole thing fades to fluttering bird song. It’s an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting, and the strongest case yet for just how good Enderby’s Room’s album could be.

Enderby’s Room – “Birds” Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

You can still buy their debut 7″ vinyl record My Old Friend, and pre-order their album on vinyl, CD or as a download from our Bandcamp shop – it’s out in just over a month’s time.