Bill Botting and The Two Drink Minimums

Mar 16: Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums + Elizabeth Morris (Allo Darlin') + Jessica's Brother

Come join us on the 16th March at The Shacklewell Arms - Bill’s back from Australia for one week only (again) - and we’re throwing a bit of a party! For the first time since Allo Darlin’s farewell gig 2 and a bit years, Elizabeth, Paul, Bill and Mikey will all be together in a room again. Paul and Mikey are joining Bill’s band for the night, and Elizabeth is flying in especially to play a solo set.

That's Bill (Allo Darlin'), with a band that features members of Allo Darlin' (that'll be both Paul 'Thunder' Rains and Mikey 'Cowbell' Collins), plus heroes from Tigercats, The Wave Pictures, The Surfing Magazines and other legendary acts!

That's Elizabeth (Allo Darlin')! Her first show in London for literally years!

That's Jessica's Brother! Literally Jessica's Brother. That's Tom, along with Charlie and Johnny 'Huddersfield' Helm.

All star filled line-up for a starry Saturday night.

Advance tickets from wegottickets.com/fikarecordings and from Dice.

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums - Better Friends [12"/CD]

Artist: Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Title: Better Friends
Format: 12" album on blue vinyl | CD in slipcase sleeve
Cat#: Fika059LP | Fika059CD
Release date: 10th March 2017
Bandcamp | Spotify

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.

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

"a righteous burst of alt-country. “I started smoking when you told me you loved me” Botting croons amid a formidable backdrop of gnarly guitar solos and swooning backing vocals that quickly transport you somewhere else entirely, delivered with an undeniable charm" Gold Flake Paint[Treating You Right premiere]

"an album that is an absolute joy from start to finish and will be cherished and loved by us all. I guarantee this is one of those albums that will ultimately make you smile, laugh, dance and simply enjoy every sound - what more could anyone possible want from an album?" A Musical Priority

"a wonderful indie-country-pop amalgam" Beat Surrender

"sweetly melodic indie-pop with country leanings, sounding very comforting" Norman Records

"Opening with the excellent title track, so good it could sit easily on any ‘Allo Darlin’ album and followed up by the equally catchy 'Burning Bridges' it is clear that Bill’s abilities stretch way beyond that of a mere bass player. 'Better Friends' is far from a one-trick pony though with 'Knew You When' having a distinct country feel and 'Treating You Right' mining the same seam as Status Quo!" Penny Black Music

"While I know we were all more-than-bummed when Allo Darlin’ called it quits, there’s promise in the future, especially knowing that Bill Botting (the AD bass player) has already announced a solo outing. Now, it’s not exactly what one would expect, with a little bit more of a folk influence, though he’s still employing the band’s tendency for great melodies. On this track, there’s a gentle female vocal accompaniment, perfectly accenting Botting’s seeming Western drawl." Austin Town Hall

"These songs - they're all hits - have the southern rock punch of Tom Petty, the careworn intimacy of Neil Young's ballads and the maudlin melodies of The Go-Betweens' Tallulah." Did Not Chart

"It's a good record too with a personal feel and a weathered slant to the lyrics. The melancholy and wistful opening two songs "Better Friend" and "Burning Bridges" make for a great start" Collective Zine

"deliciously crooned in the seductive lull of opining lap steels all smoked in the warming frosty topped glow of a campfire gathering which amid the honey toned winter-esque harmonies and the countrified cool had us much minded of a mulled wine imbibing studio soiree featuring Kevin Tihista, Rockpile and Moviola." The Sunday Experience

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums - Treating You Right [Digital]

Artist: Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Title: Treating You Right
Format: Digital single
Cat#: Fika058SG2
Release date: 10th Feb 2017
Bandcamp | Spotify

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

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.


Fika's next show: 26th Feb at Moth Club

Come and join us on the 26th of February at Moth Club for a very special evening with Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums to launch their debut album Better Friends. And what better way to do it, than invite a very special bunch of the band's friends to join them on stage on the night. We can't reveal much more than that yet (all will become clear soon!), but we promise you this is one show you don't want to miss. We'll be announcing some names and the very special support act shortly... but in the meantime, here's all the info you need:

26th Feb 2017 Moth Club Old Trades Hall Valette Street E9 6NU Doors 18:00 Ends 22:00ish Tickets £7adv / £10 on the door Facebook event

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums - Graceland [Digital]

Artist: Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Title: Graceland
Format: Digital single
Cat#: Fika059SG1
Release date: 10th December 2016
Bandcamp | Spotify

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.

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums - It's Not Christmas Anymore [Cass]

Artist: Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Title: It’s Not Christmas Anymore
Format: Cassette (handmade numbered sleeve)
Cat#: Fika050
Release date: 11th Dec 2015
Bandcamp | Spotify

It's Not Christmas Anymore - the new release from Allo Darlin's Bill Botting, ably joined by an all star line up featuring Darren Hayman, Dave and Jonny from The Wave Pictures, Paul from Allo Darlin'/Tigercats and Owl & Mouse's Hannah, is out now! We've a very limited, and very lovely, handmade cassette with download available from the Fika Recordings shop, or you can line it up on the stereo via Spotify, iTunes etc to soundtrack your Christmas this year. We're a little bit in love with these 4 songs, and can't wait to hear more from Bill backed up by this line up...

Buy It's Not Christmas Anymore

... and if you're in London, you'll be able to do just that at the Duke of Uke Christmas party on Wednesday 16th Dec, at the Bethnal Green Working Mens Club, with live sets from Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums, and from Owl & Mouse. And it's free! More details available via Facebook.