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Lived Here Before from Math and Physics Club out today!

26 Jan

The new album from Math and Physics Club is out today! Lived Here Before is available from Fika on heavyweight blue vinyl and digitally in Europe, and from our good friends Matinee on CD and digitally in the USA.

“Folks smitten with the jangle at the core of C86 and the output of Sarah Records will likely be chuffed, and the songs here are so well-conceived that comparisons to the Go-Betweens or Robert Scott’s work in The Bats are right on the money. But hey, if these comparisons leave you stumped, it’s a safe bet that if you dig The Shins and/or Luna, you’ll like this, too.” The Vinyl District

“MAPC’s strongest set of songs to date. Put it all together and it’s the best record the band has done and some really fine indie pop” All Music

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Jessica’s Brother “Overnight Horror”

29 Dec

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added Jessica’s Brother to the Fika Recordings family!

Jessica’s Brother first started playing together in October 2016 when Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) asked Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band) to come and play some songs written by Tom Charleston (Jessica’s Brother). The trio clicked immediately, and just 9 months later recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Cube and with Darren Hayman. A few friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield on violin (Enderby’s Room) and Paul Rains on guitar and slide guitar (Allo Darlin’ / Tigercats).

There’s a single out now to give you a taste of what to expect from them in 2018, but if you’re a fan of Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Richard Thompson or Neil Young, we think you’ll find something to love in their gothic country.

Tom Charleston describes Overnight Horror as “a fever-dream about the corruption of greed and the ill-fated pursuit of material over family and friends. It is a dark story, told by a delirious man who’s left haunted by what he’s done”.

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The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” out now!

1 Dec

“Lyrically smart, funny, and terrifyingly relatable.” The Skinny 4*s

“Where Stephin Merritt lies down with The Vaselines.” Uncut

“a pleasingly familiar blend of vibrant pop and acerbic wit from the Glasgow-based six-piece.” – The List

“Finding poetry in the often humdrum problems of others, the band’s attempts to document daily life resulted in some rather fine songwriting.” – Clash

“A winsome and gentle hook filled slice of delicate indie pop with some lovely ‘woos’ in the background and the gentle Glaswegian accent of singer Katie Pope. It’s a gem.” – Overblown

Available on heavyweight black vinyl, on CD or for download from the Fika Recordings shop here.

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The Just Joans “I Only Smoke When I Drink”

17 Nov

Today we’re releasing your final preview from the new record from The Just Joans! David Pope of The Just Joans had this to say about the track: “it is an ode to the tragicomedy that is the weekend. TFI Friday quickly evaporates to be replaced by FML Sunday, and the perpetual search for someone to stay in with inevitably ends in heartache and hangovers“.

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The album is out on the 1st of December, and we’re shipping all pre-orders out now to ensure you get your copy ahead of the official shop date. So if you’re after the heavyweight vinyl or the CD, then head over to the Fika Recordings shop and buy your copy – you’ll get an immediate download of all 4 tracks we’ve released so far too.
Buy The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” on vinyl, CD or digitally.

Lived Here Before from Math and Physics Club

3 Nov

Following on from last year’s (long since sold out) 10 year retrospective from Math and Physics Club, we’re chuffed to announce they’ll be releasing their fourth studio album Lived Here Before in January 2018. We’ll be working alongside our good friends at Matinee Recordings for this one, and we’ll have a heavyweight blue 12″ vinyl version ready for you in the new year. But in case that’s too long to wait, there’s a digital single from the album out today too. All the Mains are Down is available from all the usual outlets, and you can pre-order the LP from our shop now.

All the Mains are Down – Math and Physics Club
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O’ Caledonia from The Just Joans

27 Oct

We’ve another new track from The Just Joans’ forthcoming album You Might Be Smiling Now… for you!

O’ Caledonia is the opening song on the album, and David Pope from the band describes it like this…

‘O Caledonia’ is a song inspired by my four-year-old niece who is, as yet, completely oblivious to the pain, misery and heartache that lies in wait just around the corner. This is our message to the young: You Might Be Smiling Now… Perhaps it’s the legacy of John Calvin and strict Northern Presbyterianism. Perhaps it’s the miserable weather and shite football. Either way, there feels a peculiar doom-laden cynicism at the heart of the Scottish psyche. Life is long and hard and filled with sin and guilt, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. Enjoy the song – or, actually, don’t enjoy the song. Just set your face against the wind and endure it.

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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.