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The Winter Sprinter 2018 – full line up!

8 Dec

Presented by
Fika Recordings, WIAIWYA and Gare du Nord

Tues 2 January – Fri 5 January
at The Lexington, London, N1

4 day early bird passes available for £34.50 and individual day tickets for £11 adv at www.wegottickets.com/fikarecordings

Tues 2 Jan:
The Surfing Magazines
Pete Astor
Jessica’s Brother

Wed 3 Jan:
Steven Adams & The French Drops
Fever Dream
Charmpit

Thurs 4 Jan:
Laetitia Sadier
The Leaf Library
Enderby’s Room

Fri 5 Jan:
Darren Hayman
Ralegh Long
Picturebox

Four nights, three labels, twelve bands, DJs… the perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues in the intimate surroundings of The Lexington.
Thanks to Track & Field and Fortuna POP!; without their previous stewardships of the Winter Sprinter, we’d all be sat at home feeling glum the first week of January.

The Surfing Magazines

The Surfing Magazines are a new garage-rock group consisting of two thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club. Consisting of David Tattersall and Franic Rozycki of The Wave Pictures, Charles Watson of Slow Club and drummer Dominic Brider. Not content with their already ferocious work rate, with three album releases in 2016 alone and over twenty in total between them; members of The Wave Pictures and Slow Club’s 11-track debut as Surfing Magazines is an intriguing and exciting mishmash of musical styles – soundtrack surf, weird pop and Americana. Pulling in influence from all of the great surf music of the 60s and the band’s musical inspirations of Bob Dylan and Lou Reed, the band are professedly ‘at war’ with today’s pretentious prog-indie-rock millionaires and bongo pop demigods. They intend to ‘rock out and blow your mind, and then mellow out and soothe your mind, then rock out again’.

Pete Astor

Pete has made records as part of The Loft, The Weather Prophets, The Wisdom of Harry and Ellis Island Sound on Creation, Matador, Heavenly and more. He released Spilt Milk on Fortuna Pop in 2016 and has now signed to Tapete Records, home of The Clientele, Lloyd Cole and The Monochrome Set. Pete has been recording a new album with with James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Proper Ornaments, Veronica Falls) on guitar and The Wave Pictures’ rhythm section of Franic Rozycki on bass and Jonny Helm on drums.

Jessica’s Brother

Jessica’s Brother are singer songwriter Tom Charleston, bass player Charlie Higgs (formerly of The Ramshackle Union Band), and drummer Jonny ‘Huddersfield’ Helm (of The Wave Pictures). They make rock music with strong Americana influences, and a twist of English gothic darkness.

Steven Adams & The French Drops

In the wake of critically acclaimed solo album, 2016’s intimate ‘Old Magick’, and several years of one man shows, Steven Adams has a new band. He’s joined by Daniel Fordham and David Stewart, rhythm section with psych-folk oddballs The Drink, guitarist Michael Wood (Singing Adams/The Leaf Library/Hayman Kupa Band) and a rotating cast of guest musicians. Steven Adams, aka, The Singing Adams, aka Steven James Adams, was in The Broken Family Band.

Fever Dream

Fever Dream play dark, fuzzy, menacing music that blurs the line from noisy shoegaze to angular post-punk. Intense, melodic and expansive, they are a real treat live and have really good hair.

Charmpit

Originally from California but now based out of South-East London, self-described ‘pop punk anarcuties’ Charmpit mash up sugary sweet melodies, lo-fi production and semi-serious subject matter to take a stab at society’s injustices whilst still keeping everything suitably fun. The band formed for the First Timers festival at DIY Space For London last year, a festival where every band on the line-up is playing their first show.

Laetitia Sadier

Lætitia Sadier has arguably one of the most recognizable voices in music. Since arriving on the European indie scene back in 1991 with the first Stereolab EP, Super 45, Sadier’s vocal and lyrical approach has remained consistent: She applies her crystalline alto to lyrics that explore philosophy and political inequality through a Marxist lens. In Stereolab and as a solo artist, Sadier’s musical tastes have tended to skew nostalgic, mixing influences of 1960s pop from the U.S. and Brazil, easy listening, and German kosmische.

The Leaf Library

The Leaf Library make droney, two-chord, pop that00!0!00s stuck halfway between the garage and the bedroom, all topped with lyrical love songs to buildings, stationery and the weather.

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.

Darren Hayman

Darren Hayman is a thoughtful, concise and detailed songwriter. He eschews the big, the bright and the loud for the small, twisted and lost. Hayman has taken a singular and erratic route through England’s tired and heartbroken underbelly.
Formerly the singer-songwriter of Hefner, Darren Hayman has developed an increasingly idiosyncratic solo career. In recent years Darren has released four albums under his own name – Chants for Socialists where he set William Morris’ words to music; the sister remix album Dubs for Socialists; the album Florence, recorded in Italy; and an album for children called Folk Lullabies for Children and the Childless. As well as writing and recording as himself, Darren has also recorded an album with the band he’s formed with Emma Kupa of Mammoth Penguins (The Hayman Kupa Band), played drums for Papernut Cambridge, keyboards for The Great Electric, and released an EP with his experimental electronic duo Brute Love.
Darren has also has been working on an ongoing, hugely ambitious folk project called Thankful Villages, visiting all fifty four ‘Thankful Villages’, a village in Britain where every soldier returned alive from World War One. Darren visited each of these and, focusing on village life, made a piece of music, a painting and a short film for every one. Some take the form of instrumentals inspired by the location, some are interviews with village residents set to music, others are new songs with lyrics or found local traditional songs.

Ralegh Long

English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his recent album Upwards of Summer earlier this year, which won the Help Musician’s UK / PledgeMusic Emerging Artist’s Award. There is a marked change of pace from his previous records Hoverance and We Are in the Fields, with the jangle of chorus guitars, mandolins and anthemic hooks calling to mind bands such as R.E.M, The DB’s, and the Go-Betweens. Written during a time of personal change, when Long was unsure if he was going to continue making music, Upwards of Summer is a revelation.
He released his debut album Hoverance to critical acclaim in 2015. Leaving his adopted London, Long returned to his childhood home to write an album of singular grace and simplicity, steeped in natural imagery and “Spooky pastoralism” (MOJO). Hoverance and its follow-up E.P We Are in the Fields (2016) won praise from The Guardian for their “twilit ambience and demented beauty” and from Sky Arts as “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.

Picturebox

Melodic indie pop music from the cathedral city of Canterbury. Songs about girls, animals, football, anything, everything, nothing. They’ve released two albums on Gare Du Nord and are currently finishing off their third. Leader Robert Halcrow is also involved in the FXU2 project with Jack Hayter and Citizen Helene, and also plays bass for Papernut Cambridge and more recently Twink & The Bare Nodes.

Winter Sprinter 2018

25 Nov

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums: Treating You Right

10 Feb

Treating You Right, the latest single taken from the forthcoming album from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums is out now!

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes | Soundcloud

In case you hadn’t heard, Allo Darlin’s Bill Botting is returning to Australia in March. So we’re sending him off in the best possible way – an almighty party on a Sunday night. Come join us at Moth Club on the 26th of February from 6pm for an evening of music, celebration and sadness. Bill’s asked an all star cast of indie heroes to come and perform alongside him on the night. We’ve announced the appearance of Tigercats, Darren Hayman, Simon Love, Emma Kupa and Moustache Of Insanity so far, but there are even more guests to be announced. You really wouldn’t want to miss out on Bill’s Last Waltz. Advance tickets are available for £7 from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings.

City, Town and Country: a three day residency with Darren Hayman

11 Dec

City, Town and Country Web

We’re very excited to announce a three day residency with Darren Hayman at the The Betsey Trotwood in January – we’ll be announcing special guests shortly for each night, who will all be incorporating the evening’s theme in to their set.

City, Town and Country
A three day themed residency with Darren Hayman.

Monday 18th: City
with Dearbhla Minogue and one more TBA
City themed songs from “We Love The City” and others

Tuesday 19th: Town
with Deerful and one more TBA
Town themed songs from “Local Information”. “Pram Town” and others

Wednesday 20th: Country
with Maia Sofia and one more TBA
Country themed songs from “Essex Arms”, “Great British Holiday EPs” and others

Tickets are available from WeGotTickets

We’ll be announcing the final support for each evening in January – we’re very excited and know you’ll be in for a treat…

In the meantime, here’s a wonderful video review of Darren’s Florence record from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis.

From The Square To The Hill – new video from Darren Hayman

12 Nov

From The Square To The Hill is taken from Darren Hayman’s latest album “Florence”, available now on vinyl and download.

“Florence” from Darren Hayman out now

6 Nov

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Would You is the first single proper taken from Sunturns‘ new album Christmas II. Written by Einar Stray [Moddi, Einar Stray Orchestra], it’s a reflective look back at those teenage emotions swelling and brooding as the clocks go back, the nights draw in and the isolation of winter descends.

Would You appears on the second album from Sunturns – an album I was desperate to make happen, having absolutely adored their debut record “Christmas” from a few years back. They’re a band that don’t get together very often (one of the hardships that occurs as a result of forming a band devoted to Christmas, those summer festival tours are bloody hard to come by!), and having worked with Ola and Jorgen as part of Making Marks previously, we’re slowly plugged away, planting the seeds of suggestion of making a second album until that that email arrived at Fika HQ: “Hey Tom, we’re thinking of recording a second Sunturns record, are you in?”. It was just like Christmas.

So yeah, we’re chuffed this album is happening – and it’ll be a real beauty. Two 12″ records, one on red vinyl and one on white vinyl, in a gatefold sleeve, encompassing 2011’s album Christmas on vinyl for the very first time and 2015’s Christmas II. If you prefer your Christmas music a little bit melancholic, a little bit jaded, and really rather gorgeous, then I’m sure you’ll love these records as much as I do.

Pre-order your copy of Christmas I & II from the Fika Recordings shop.

Sunturns are a Norwegian super-group devoted to Christmas, featuring members of Making Marks, Moddi, The Little Hands Of Asphalt, Monzano and Einar Stray Orchestra.

Florence

Florence

Darren Hayman returns with a beautifully delicate and touchingly honest album simply titled Florence after the city in which it was created. This is his very first purely solo album, featuring no other musicians. It was written and recorded between Christmas and New Year at the end of 2014 in the Firenze flat belonging to Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin’) and Ola Innset (Making Marks). Continuing his habit of making incisive, observational and beautiful albums, with Florence Hayman has taken a back-to-basics approach, eschewing his recent collaborative, conceptual approaches for a humble and modest solo effort, entirely recorded and performed in the Italian apparetemento of his hosts.

Florence is sparse and poignant. Tinged with melancholy and etched with heartache, revealing the very best of Hayman’s considerable songwriting verve, this collection of songs shows what you can achieve whilst on holiday at a friend’s house, taking refuge in the winter quiet during the festive season.

“Perfectly poised romances on intimate solo outing from ex-Hefner man… Florence is a beautiful, bespoke gem of an album… Italian jobs come no finer.” Uncut [8/10]

“Its delicately observed song cycle unfolds like a novella or short film, with tracks that might seem slight in isloation gaining resonance in situ.” Q [3/5]

“This lack of concept has enabled Hayman to go back to the universal motifs of love and loss that served him so well as the frontman of indie favourites Hefner. And we’re glad to report that he’s right back on the money from the word go. First track Nuns Run The Apothecary turns a stream of mundane details into something inexplicably heartbreaking, with little but a softly strummed guitar as an accompaniment. This is Hayman’s gift – the ability to elevate the quotidian to heights that are almost sacred… Hayman has made a career out of surprising his listeners, and Florence – cutting and pretty, grubby and sexy – is one of his best surprises yet.” Folk Radio

“In some ways this is my favourite Hayman album for some time. It’s got the song writing of the best of his Essex trilogy and the warmth of much of his January songs project, recorded at this same time of year and involving him writing, recording and releasing a song a day with help from his musical friends and social media community, including my own dog.
Although in a different city to his native London this most melancholy of times of year once again provides the perfect inspiration for his songwriting.” Neon Filler

“Florence is another excellent addition to Darren Hayman’s sterling oeuvre” The Line Of Best Fit [8/10]

“Across the album, there are moments to savour: a charming fuzzy guitar solo on ‘From the Square to the Hill’; an Americana-infused guitar riff on ‘When You’re Lonely, Don’t Be’, a gradual layering of guitar lines and multi-tracked vocals on ‘Didn’t I Say Don’t Fall In Love With Him’ and, as the album draws to a close, a pretty slice of psych-folk that could easily pass for a long-lost sixties relic, the kind of thing Stuart Maconie occasionally plays to calm people down during his ‘Freak Zone’ programme. Modest and restrained, yet pretty and tuneful, anyone who has found their way to this website is bound to enjoy this.” PennyBlack Music

“Taking inspiration from his Italian surroundings, Hayman here occasionally takes a step back from his usual Anglo-centric musings with the late period Jonathan Richman-esque instrumentation suiting his ruminations on life, love and getting older.” Narc [4/5]

Buy it on 12″ vinyl or download here

Nuns Run The Apothecary video from Darren Hayman

9 Oct

We sent Darren Hayman back to Florence in September to record a couple of videos for this forthcoming album Florence. Nuns Run The Apothecary is the opening track on the album, and here’s Darren’s video.

Florence is available to pre-order from Fika Recordings here shop.fikarecordings.com/album/florence