Tag Archives: The Smittens

Fika Recordings ‘Barely Legal’ North American Tour 2013

9 Jun

We’ve been back in the UK for a few days now from our 8 day tour around the East Coast of Canada and the USA with The Smittens, Tigercats and Making Marks. Readjusting to normal life has been somewhat tricky – I’m seriously missing getting on the road and venturing to a new city, stopping off a swim in a river on the way, or just chilling outside the motel until 5am with 14 of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to work with on Fika.

Thankfully, Jørgen, drumer for Making Marks, filmed much of the trip and edited it down to the wonderful video below. Have a look and see what you missed out on. See you stateside in 2014 maybe?

BBC Radio 1: Huw Stephens’ Label Of Love

27 Jul

This week we were delighted to be asked to join Huw Stephens on his BBC Radio 1 show to talk about Fika Recordings and play some tunes from the catalogue.

You can listen again here:

Here’s what we played:
Tigercats – Harper Lee
Lisa Bouvier – Andreas
Red Shoe Diaries – Ice & Snow
Moustache Of Insanity – We Need More Awesome
Darren Hayman – Photos Like Postcards
The Smittens – First Bus
Making Marks – Hard To Be Good

Burning Streets Of Rome

23 Jun

The Smittens – Burning Streets Of Rome from Fika Recordings on Vimeo.

Monday the 25th of June sees the release of the lead single from The Smittens’ brand new album. Burning Streets Of Rome is accompanied by two brand new tracks, These Days and Almost to form a digital download single.

Remember, Burning Streets Of Rome is available as a stand alone free mp3 as a taster of their new album, Believe Me. Download it here.

Free “Burning Streets Of Rome” download from The Smittens

7 Jun

To celebrate the upcoming release of The Smittens’ album on Fika Recordings in July, we’re giving away a track for free! Burning Streets Of Rome is the lead single (out as a download on June 23rd, flanked by two brand new b-sides) from the album, to provide you a taster of what to expect. There’s a video we’ll be revealing shortly too. And if all that unveiling wasn’t enough, we’ll be previewing a track at a time from the album over on the Fika Recordings shop.

So, for now, download and enjoy Burning Streets Of Rome…

Tigercats – Harper Lee / Cats Run Free

30 May

Tigercats have a new single out in July. This is exciting enough, but it’ll also be the first 7″ single I’ve put out on Fika Recordings! The single takes Harper Lee from their debut album Isle Of Dogs, and raises it with the second of the double a-sides, Cats Run Free. See that artwork above? That’s the cover; isn’t it a beauty? It’ll be available from the Fika webshop very shortly and should be on sale for £4 online, at Indietracks and at various indiepop gigs that I turn up to.

Tigercats are about to head out to play Primavera festival in Barcelona this weekend. If you’re going, make sure you see them; if you’re not (like me), there are plenty of other chances to see them.
Sat 2nd June: Barcelona – Red Bull Bus/Parc Del Forum/San Miguel Primavera Sound
Mon 4th June: Barcelona – Forum FNAC Triangle, 19:00 hrs + Macondo Bar (w/ The Missing Leech) – 21:30 hrs.
Tue 5th June: Bilbao – Forum FNAC
Wed 6th June: Gijón – Pabellón Cajastur/Recinto Ferial Luis Adaro
Thur 7th June: Madrid – Nasti
Sat 9th June: Madrid – Neu! Club (Farewell party with Mate, Wild Honey, Ellos y La Familia del Árbol)
Thur 14th June: Oxford – Bullingdon Arms supporting the School
Fri 29th June: Rochester – The Deaf Cat
Sat 7th July: Derbyshire – Indietracks
Thur 12th July: London – Old Queens Head, Tigercats & The Smittens & Fulhast

See that last gig? That’s a Fika show. I very rarely put on gigs, so you should probably calm my jittering nerves, buy an advance ticket and ease back, safe in the knowledge that once Indietracks is over, you’ve only got a couple of days of work before there’s something to soothe the pains. It should be a good show, with Tigercats being joined by The Smittens and supported by Fuläst. We’ll have records-a-plenty from all three to buy on the night.
Advance tickets available here

The Smittens join Fika Recordings

28 Mar

The Smittens are the latest addition to the Fika Recordings stable. They’re also our first USA based band, living in Burlington, Vermont. Don’t panic though, they’ll be over this summer to play some shows and festivals across Europe!

We’ll have a single available in June and then the LP and a digital download out in July for the album “Believe Me”. Exciting!