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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.

The Hayman Kupa Band album out today

21 Jul

The debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band is available on heavyweight black vinyl, on CD or digitally from all the usual places.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The Hayman Kupa Band headline the Shacklewell Arms on the 24th of July (tickets available from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings), and play at Indietracks Festival in Derbyshire (28-30 July).

The Just Joans join Fika Recordings

26 May

It’s been five long years since The Just Joans released their first full length album on WeePOP! and we’ve been eagerly awaiting what was to come next.

So we’re obviously VERY excited to be saying The Just Joans have joined us here at Fika Recordings. We’ve got a brand new 2 track 7″ vinyl from them out in July (just in time for Indietracks). No Longer Young Enough is on mustardy yellow vinyl, the flip side has Breakfast For Our Tea. If you’ve seen The Just Joans lately, there’s a chance you’ll remember one or other of these..

This one’s available to pre-order right now.

And then you’ll only have to wait until the autumn for the new full length album. But we’ll tell you all about that in due course…

The Hayman Kupa Band – debut album on Fika Recordings in July

26 Apr

We’ve been huge fans of Emma Kupa for a long time now, so we’re very excited to be working with her on the debut album from The Hayman Kupa Band, alongside Fika stalwart Darren Hayman.

When Darren Hayman (Hefner) and Emma Kupa (Standard Fare/Mammoth Penguins) decided to make a duets record, we knew the results would be great, but we didn’t expect them to be THIS great. Gathering together a rhythm section consisting of Michael Wood (Whoa Melodic/Singing Adams) on bass and Cat Loye (Fever Dream) on drums, The Hayman Kupa band create brash, bold and effortlessly melodic power pop. Sharing writing duties and sometimes singing each others words, lines are blurred and creativity explored in a wonderfully exuberant collection of songs. The album, recorded in three days at Big Jelly Studios in Ramsgate, is an exploration of relationships and, at its heart, it’s the sound of a friendship being made.

The first track taken from the album is No More Bombs, and we’ll be revealing a couple more in the run up to the album’s release on the 21st of July. You can pre-order it here.

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

Enderby’s Room album out today

21 Apr

The debut album from Enderby’s Room is out today. Available on black 12″ vinyl, digifile CD and digitally to stream or download.

“unfolding gently, the quiet grace of Enderby’s Room seems to draw on the folk tradition while taking brave chances of its own.” Clash Music
“an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting” For The Rabbits
“it’s all rather lovely” For Folks Sake
“a lamenting duet” Folk Radio
“has a subtle beauty that will overwhelm you” Austin Town Hall
“an absolute stunner” A Musical Priority

Get it here:

Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

‘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

My Old Friend video

7 Mar

Buy your copy of the 7″ single here.