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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!

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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.

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.

Fika Recordings is 5!

1 Mar

Back in early 2011, with very modest ambitions, Fika Recordings launched with 4 handmade cassette releases from Lisa Bouvier, Horowitz, Lost Summer Kitten and Moustache Of Insanity. We’ve certainly grown and learnt faster than we expected, and over the past 5 years we’ve racked up 50 releases, taken bands to tour in the US and in Europe, heard our tracks on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, met many, many wonderful new people in the process. There’s plenty more to come over the next year (and hopefully over the next 5 too), but to make some space at Fika HQ (aka known as what’s left of my spare room), we’re having a little sale.

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We’ve selected 5 of our favourite albums, one from each year we’ve been going, and we’re selling them for £5 each, just for the next 5 days. So if there’s some back catalogue you’ve been meaning to pick up, now’s your chance to do it on the cheap!

Year One:
Moustache Of Insanity – Album Of Death [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Two:
Tigercats – Isle Of Dogs [LP] Just £5!

Year Three:
Azure Blue – Beyond The Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Four:
Making Marks – A Thousand Half Truths [LP/CD] Just £5!

Year Five:
Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures – My Ass [LP/CD] Just £5!

Prices go back to normal on Sunday night, so don’t hang around…

Tigercats “Isle Of Dogs”

14 Feb

Tigercats have just released their second album Mysteries today, having fled the Fika nest to join the mighty Fortuna Pop! label. We’re taking the opportunity to repress our long sold out vinyl version of their debut album Isle Of Dogs – this time on 180 gram heavyweight black vinyl. They’ll be shipping out from mid March, though you can pre-order now and get an immediate download of the album to tide you over.

And if you missed out on a copy of the 7″ version of Harper Lee, backed with the b-side Cats Run Free, you can add that to your order for a mere couple of quid.

Finally, we’re in love with the classic British horror themed video for Sleeping In The Backseat, taken from Mysteries. Enjoy!

Tigercats

10 Apr

We’re very excited to announce that Tigercats are back! Following the success of their debut album Isle Of Dogs in 2012, they’ll be playing a show for us on Saturday the 24th of May, at The Shacklewell Arms in London to preview material from their upcoming album before they head over to Spain to play the Primavera festival. Support comes from Fika favourites Fever Dream and Mammoth Penguins.
Tickets are available now from http://www.wegottickets.com/event/269947.

TIGERCATS
Tigercats return for their first London show in almost a year having completed recording the follow up to 2012’s debut album “Isle Of Dogs”.

Tigercats are a band from East London who make pop music with guitars, keyboards and drums. After previous band Esiotrot shambled to a halt, songwriter Duncan Barrett sought a leaner, lither framework for his open-hearted songs. He asked his brother and long-time producer Giles to join on bass, who was soon followed by Jonny on drums, Laura on keyboard and Paul on guitar. After early singles on Haircut Records and WeePop, their debut album Isle of Dogs was released in 2012 on Fika Recordings and Acuarela Discos. In their short life Tigercats have played across most of Europe, including sets at Primavera Festival, appearances on Spanish TV (RTVE Radio3) and Indietracks. Across innumerable mini-tours they have shared stages with: Allo Darlin’, the Wave Pictures, Darren Hayman, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Standard Fare, Let’s Wrestle, the Lovely Eggs and Milky Wimpshake, amongst others. They recently completed their first trip across the pond and toured the USA and Canada with labelmates the Smittens and Making Marks in spring 2013, culminating with a headline appearance at NYC Popfest. They played End of the Road Festival last summer with the likes of Belle & Sebastian, Dinosaur Jr and Sigur Ros, and they are currently working on their second album, which they hope to have out in time for summer 2014.

“Tigercats are a very, very good band. The kind of band that make you want to be a teenager again, so they can be your band.”
The Sunday Times

“there’s something unconsciously authentic about Tigercats… this could be a band to listen to obsessively”
Drowned In Sound

“Their songs betray no ulterior motives of forced cool, only an enthusiastic young band in love with making songs. Excellent, alive, and bright.“
Artrocker

tigercatsband.com

FEVER DREAM
If post-punk bashed heads with shoegaze – you’d probably end up with a band that sounds like Fever Dream. Frantic shreds of guitar over that bass sound held together by tight as drumming. Easily one of the best live bands around at the moment.

“Taking inspiration from the noisy 90s, ie: Sonic Youth, Pavement and My Bloody Valentine they create intriguingly varied tracks. They range from gushing dream-pop melancholia on ‘This Waste’ to scuzzy, guitar and skewed rhythms on ‘Poyekhali!’ and messy, snarly post-punk on ‘Suspense’ – think Ride meets Fidlar.”
This Is Fake DIY

feverdream.co.uk

MAMMOTH PENGUINS
Infectious, scrappy lo-fi indie rock from Emma, Mark and Tom. They’re a 3-piece
indie-pop/alt-rock band from Cambridgeshire.

facebook.com/MammothPenguins

Fulhäst – But They Don’t Even Sell Lo-fi Parasols In Top Shop

2 Oct

Here’s a new video from Fulhäst, the second from his debut album Broken, starring members of Tigercats and Fever Dream. Fulhäst plays lo-fi Gameboy pop-punk about movies, heartbreak and stuff.

The album was recorded in the spring by Darren Hayman and Darren has also remixed one of the tracks, Your Skin, available here as a free download.

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Barcodes video from Making Marks

23 Jul

Here’s the new video from Making Marks, recorded during their summer North American tour with Tigercats and The Smittens. See if you can spot members of both dancing throughout the video… It was recorded on the drive from a wonderful Richmond, Virginia house show on the way to a hectic show in Washington DC (and just before we blew a tyre on the interstate and limped the hire car back home).

The single comes out on the 5th of August on 7″ vinyl – both tracks are exclusive versions that won’t feature on their upcoming album, due out early 2014. There’s also a banging remix from Skantze on the download. Pre-order here (and pick up their debut 7″, Ticket Machine, at the same time).

25th July: Secret Garden Party, Cambridgeshire, UK (Django Django, Soulwax, Regina Spektor…)
28th July: Indietracks, Derbyshire, UK (The Pastels, Camera Obscura, Helen Love…)
30th July: The Glad Cafe, Glasgow, UK (with The Ballet & The Felt Tips)
31st July: The Maze, Nottingham, UK (with The Ballet & We Show Up On Radar)
1st August: The Lexington, London, UK (with The Ballet & Without Feathers)
22nd August: Cafeteatret, Oslo, Norway