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New single: Three States from The Smittens

13 Jul

Three States, the new single from The Smittens is out today!

“Three States is a coming out/transition anthem, I wrote this song amidst a need to capture the complexity of identity, politics, and everything so many of us get caught in between. There’s pressure on all of us to conform to certain standards, and it’s nearly impossible not to internalise the toxicity. The idea of three states came to me while driving back to Vermont after being at NYC Pride. It’s a window into vulnerability, fear, determination, growth, and ultimately, better living through modern day medicine. There’s beauty in complexity. What’s holding you back? What worlds are you caught between? May we all find the spaces in which we belong. Fuck the binary, baby.” The Smittens’ Dana

Pre-order the 12″ LP City Rock Dove now or listen to the new single on Spotify.

Midnight Tequila from Freschard & Stanley Brinks

29 Jun

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Mikey Collins “Falling”

29 Jun

The second single from former Allo Darlin’ drummer Mikey Collins is finally here!

Pre-order Mikey’s album Hoick on vinyl, CD or digitally.

The Smittens “Love is a Word”

29 Jun

Love is a Word is the second new track from the forthcoming album City Rock Dove from The Smittens. You can pre-order your copy of the heavyweight vinyl or download now.

The Smittens – City Rock Dove

8 Jun

We’ve got a brand new album from The Smittens due in early August! Here’s a sneak preview from the album in the form of Cats for Cats, the first single taken from the new long player.

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The Smittens are a 6-piece indiepop band that make upbeat and introspective tunes, tinged with vulnerability and optimism. While sonically the elements of multi-layered harmonies, countermelodies and ba-ba-ba singalong hooks still play a large part in The Smittens’ approach to songwriting, as each of the 4 main songwriters has grown, the overall perspective of the songs seems a bit moodier, and more serious. They’ve long since left behind the label of being a ‘cute’ or ‘twee’ band since their debut album 15 years ago.

City Rock Dove is instead an album of transition, ennui and nihilism; honing in on personal politics and gender queerness. The album contends with the turbulent changes of modern America serving only to cement the status quo – and it’s not just the outside world that’s changing either: The Smittens are also singing about the changes in themselves and taking a hard look inside. Gary Olson (Ladybug Transistor) returned to mix the new album, having been instrumental in helping develop the richer textures first seen on 2016’s Love Record Breaker EP.

Pre-order City Rock Dove on 12″ heavyweight vinyl or digitally.

Catch them on their short UK tour on the dated below:
July 24 – Cambridge, The Blue Moon
July 25 – London, The Shacklewell Arms
July 26 – Sheffield, Cafe Totem
July 28 – Derbyshire, Indietracks Festival

Mikey Collins joins the Fika family

25 May

We’re so happy to be able to say Mikey Collins has joined the Fika Recordings family. You might know Mike from his time behind the drums with Allo Darlin‘, or his work at Big Jelly Studios, but now he’s finished his debut solo album and will be releasing it with Fika in August.

Today marks the release of the first track from that album – the single is called Sound in Here and it premiered over at Clash Music on Wednesday.

Jessica’s Brother “Humdinger”

18 May

Jessica’s Brother is the eponymous debut album from London trio Jessica’s Brother, comprised of songwriter Tom Charleston, Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) and Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band). Channelling the spirit of the Brothers Grimm to create an otherworldly atmosphere, they weave their motley influences together making a rich and eclectic vision, with nods to Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Nick Cave, Richard Thompson and Neil Young. There are themes of joy, anger and silliness in a carefully crafted world with a colourful cast of characters.

The new single is “Humdinger” is a languid indie folk track, recalling their heroes, Silver Jews. As Charleston explains, it is: “perhaps the one song on the album where the narrator is at ease with himself and the world. Though there are moments where this tranquillity is nudged by outside tremors, so we know this moment is ephemeral.”

Jessica’s Brother formed in October 2016. Jonny and Charlie worked together in a framing business and had often talked about collaborating in a band together. Fate intervened when Jonny’s girlfriend Jessica introduced him to her brother Tom, and they found a songwriter in waiting. The trio clicked immediately and just nine months later they recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Booze Cube in Stoke Newington, with input from Darren Hayman. A few other friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield (Enderby’s Room), who added a dose of Bad Seeds/Dirty Three vibes on the violin and Paul Rains (Allo Darlin’/Tigercats) lent a hint of country twang on guitar and slide guitar.

Weaving a variety of influences from jangly indie-rock to gothic country and contemplative psych folk, Jessica’s Brother create the sound of a band coming together and getting caught up in the rush of starting something new and enjoyable. The instruments clamber over each other in a small room, with Helm’s distinctive drumming counterbalancing the gothic guitar thrums and wailing violin. Already lauded by the likes of The Guardian (for their first ever gig) and the Saatchi Magazine (for their first single), the scene is set for a bright future.

Pre-order the vinyl and CD from our webshop – and get an immediate download of Overnight Horror, All the Better and Humdinger.