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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.

‘Better Friends’ from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums out now!

10 Mar

While Bill is 40,000ft up in the air*, moving his family back to Australia, we’re releasing his first album since Allo Darlin’s triumphant finale. Everyone’s favourite bass-player-with-moustache-come-charismatic-front-man (McCartney, Lemmy, nah!) has made an album simply described as indie mixed with country, or country mixed with indie. Or like if Lou Reed went to a Linda Ronstadt Concert in 1988 and decided to have a change of direction. It’s an absolute cracker – just as you’d expect from Bill, and his assembled backing band cherry picking members from The Wave Pictures, Tigercats, Hefner and Owl & Mouse.

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Better Friends is available on blue 12″ vinyl, CD and digitally. You can buy a copy from us via our online shop, from your local record shop, and from all the usual digital outlets (Spotify/iTunes/etc).

*literally, by my calculations he’ll be over Eastern Europe as the album is released in the UK, and by the time he lands it’ll be out worldwide and have been out in Australia for all of a day

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums “Graceland”

10 Dec

Allo Darlin’ are sadly no more, playing their farewell shows at Moth Club and the Scala this weekend. But it’s not all bad news – Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting has recorded a solo record! He’s assembled an all-star band, featuring Hannah ‘little sis’ Botting (Owl & Mouse), Paul ‘Thunder’ Rain (Allo Darlin’/Tigercats), Tom ‘Filibuster’ Wade (Owl & Mouse) and Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm (The Wave Pictures).

You can pre-order the album on vinyl, CD or digitally right now, and get an immediate download of Graceland to tide you over until the album’s release in the spring.

Making Marks on tour

8 Nov

Making Marks are off on tour around Germany and France supporting Allo Darlin’. Catch them at the dates below below!

17.11.12 – Lido, Berlin (DE)
18.11.12 – TBA, Jena (DE)
19.11.12 – Blaue Fabrik, Dresden (DE)
20.11.12 – Astra Stube, Hamburg (DE)
21.11.12 – Die hängende Gärten, Köln (DE)
22.11.12 – Workshop of Dorian Rollin, Ribeauville (FR)
23.11.12 – L’Internationale, Paris (FR)
24.11.12 – Le Rouge, Lille (FR)

You can buy their debut 7″ single Ticket Machine from the Fika Recordings webshop.

Allo Darlin’ – Europe

18 Apr

This is one of the most exciting things Fika Recordings have gotten involved in so far. We’ve been asked to put out a super limited edition (100 only) cassette version of Allo Darlin’s second album, Europe. I’m busy making them at the moment, and it’ll be quite some package. Every cassette will be handmade and hand numbered, and will come with a digital download code, a bag of Allo Darjeelin’ tea, a recipe for Elizabeth’s mum’s Sacher Torte, and a very small 16 page artwork and lyric booklet.

You can pre-order the album on cassette from us now – we’ll be shipping when the album is released in Europe at the start of May.

The ever reliable Fortuna Pop will be releasing Europe in Europe on CD, LP and digital; while the lovely Slumberland Records will be putting the album out on the other side of the Atlantic. Thanks to them both for asking us to get involved – it is a delight to be involved in releasing what is a mighty fine record.

Fika003: Moustache Of Insanity – Moustache Dammit!!!

9 Feb

Bill and me started writing songs together back in April 2008. Back then, we would meet in his flat after work, drink beer and record songs on his laptop. More often than not, they would be written, recorded and published on myspace the same day. It worked pretty well and we eventually had enough songs to put on a CD. This became the self-released ‘Knock Knock…Who’s There?’ EP, which we started selling at shows at the end of 2008. We tried to keep up this way of recording for the subsequent releases, but occasionally we’ve had to admit defeat. Our self-titled WeePOP! EP was originally recorded in Bill’s living room, but then we decided to re-record it. It was just too rough and was peaking all over the place. So, we went to a studio and recorded it…well, we still recorded it straight into Bill’s laptop, but at least we had a proper mic and a soundproof room. The Postcards EP was also recorded in a similar way, but in various rehearsal rooms, rather than in a studio.

When Tom and Lisa asked us to make a cassette for them, we decided to really go back to basics. We had just finished recording our yet-to-be-released album in a proper studio and Bill had done a lot of recording with Allo Darlin’, so we wanted to see if we could still do it like we used to. Giving ourselves a month to think about material, we picked a weekend in January and decided to record the cassette in my spare bedroom over the two days. In total we probably spent about fifteen hours making it.

The songs on the cassette are a bit random. I like to see it as a one-band mix tape.

Just Try To Be Nice was actually written in 2009 at some point when I had been listening to a lot of chiptune stuff. I had played it Bill before, but he was always hesitant of putting any electric guitars on it. I didn’t want it to be just my own Garageband experiment, so it was shelved. It was brought back for the cassette and I forced Bill to put guitar parts on it. I think it works really well. The lyrics are completely nonsensical as usual. I guess it’s just about doing your best, seizing the day and just trying to be nice. I’ve never really been good at metaphors.

I wrote the lyrics to What’s The Point? at some point last year. I also had a rough melody in mind. I think it was definitely inspired by listening obsessively to the last Japanther album, Rock n’Roll Ice Cream. Again, it’s very self-explanatory. I like dancing, but mainly when it’s to songs I can get excited about. This explains why I don’t dance very often and is why I never really go to clubs these days. They all seem to play the same songs and not much that’s new and exciting.

<bleep><boom><magic> is just a snippet from some experiment in Garageband.

My Favourite Memory was written on the Sunday morning, just before the second day of recording. My girlfriend Elizabeth had asked me about my favorite memories for one of her songs. I couldn’t give her one and I think I told her she had to think of one herself. Then I sat down and wrote the lyrics. They’re all 100% true. There’s not much to the melody. Very straight-forward.

One Minute of Pure Inspiration (aka Boys With Toys) was the first thing we recorded on the Saturday. We’d been sitting around doing nothing for an hour and decided to just make some noise, using everything that was in the room. It’s totally stupid and annoying. I think there’s about ten tracks on top of each other – vocals, guitar, various casios, Korg Monotron, tambourine, garageband, iphone music apps etc.

Moustache Bleep Dammit is, again, just a snippet of something I had done in Garageband, with some online text-to-voice tool on top.

The music to Jad Fair Drew Me A Duck was created on my iphone over the Christmas holidays. I had just downloaded the Nanolop app and was learning how to use it. I wrote the lyrics later, on the Saturday evening after Bill had left. I picked a positive experience from my past, and tried to make the words fit to the music. I convinced Bill to add some guitar parts to it. Again, it’s all true. We should really have put that duck drawing on the cover. Jad Fair is amazing.

This Is Not What I Planned was written on the Sunday morning. I had a rough melody in mind by the time Bill got to my flat and then we just recorded it. Both this and What’s The Point could do with some better vocals. It’s hard to give it all that you got when you’re in a flat. I have no desire to upset the neighbours too much. The lyrics are pretty stupid and hastily assembled. I guess it’s about dreams dying, working shitty jobs and trying to do something about it. One day, I’ll be a ninja.

Apparently Bill wrote Let’s Get Married on the bus on Sunday morning. I like it, but I don’t really understand it. This is quite normal when it comes to Bill’s lyrics. He is married himself, so obviously people do get married. And, surely, “nobody ever gets married” is a pretty bad reason for getting married. I’ll ask him to write you a letter explaining his song 🙂

That’s about it really. I hope people find something on there that they like.


You can pre-order Moustache Dammit!!! now at http://moustacheofinsanity.fikarecordings.com