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Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures

Fika Recordings is 5!

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. 555 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...

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - My Ass [12"/CD]

My Ass is finally out!

Q called My Ass "an absolute joy", Uncut think My Ass is "leftfield loveliness" and Folk Radio call My Ass "definitely something to be cherished". Read more about My Ass over on the Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures page at Fika here.

Now you're sitting down, get your copy of either the camel coloured 12" vinyl or the CD in card digipack from the Fika Recordings shop, where you can also download a copy and find My Ass streaming.

Catch them on their tour, supported by Freschard, at the following dates: Fri Oct 2nd : CARDIFF - Full Moon Sat Oct 3rd : PRESTON - Blitz Sun Oct 4th : EDINBURGH - Teviot Underground Mon Oct 5th : GLASGOW - Broadcast Tue Oct 6th : BIRMINGHAM - Hare and Hounds Wed Oct 7th : LONDON - The Lexington

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Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Berlin [7"]

We've got the second single, Berlin, taken from the latest Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures album for you - available as a download and on coloured 7" vinyl. On the flipside you'll find the non-album track It's Complicated.

Out on Friday!

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The video sees Stanley take you to Berlin, to capture the spirit of the city that he calls home.

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Wakefield [7"]

Finally! We've waited a long time to get this out to you, the first single from the new album by Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures. It was all recorded immediately after their tour for Gin in March 2014, mixed and mastered shortly after, and we've spent the last year and a half singing it to ourselves... but now you can join in!

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It's available on 7" teal coloured vinyl, Wakefield on the a-side and Dolores on the b-side. Buy it from us here or pick it up from your local record shop. And if you're more digitally inclined, it's available on iTunes, Spotify etc too!

Stanley Brinks & Freschard: on tour with The Wave Pictures

Stanley Brinks & Freschard head out on tour on Friday in support of their new album Pizza Espresso, The Wave Pictures.

Having already released 2 of the best albums of 2014 (Gin on Fika Recordings, and Boom Biddy Boom on wiaiwya) Stanley Brinks & Freschard are releasing Pizza Espresso - an album of duets, and a collaboration between both labels – on the 25th of August.

Pizza Espresso is an album of love songs about drinking and drinking songs about love. Picture Emmylou and Gram relocated to Berlin with a guitar, a pennywhistle and a washboard and writing ten gorgeous duets to be sung on lazy summer evenings.

“if you have time, and nothing on your mind, why, i’m free, for you and me”

Stanley Brinks & Freschard, with The Wave Pictures tour dates:

AUGUST 15 Fri CAMBRIDGE - The Portland Arms (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 16 Sat BRISTOL - The Louisiana (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 17 Sun GREEN MAN FESTIVAL (Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures)
AUGUST 18 Mon LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 19 Tues HARROGATE - Major Tom's Social Café Bar (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 20 Wed EAGLESCLIFFE - The Waiting Room (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 21 Thurs NEWCASTLE - Cluny (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 22 Fri EDINBURGH - Sneaky Pete’s (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 23 Sat DOUNE, (near STIRLING) - The Rabbit Hole (Stanley Brinks and the Wave Pictures)
AUGUST 24 Sun DOUNE - The Rabbit Hole (The Wave Pictures and Freschard)
AUGUST 25 Mon SHEFFIELD - Riverside, Point Blank Theatre (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 26 Tues LONDON - Shacklewell Arms (Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures + Freschard)
AUGUST 27 Wed FALMOUTH - Beerwolf Books (Stanley Brinks and Freschard only)
AUGUST 28 Thurs EXETER - The Cavern (Stanley Brinks and Freschard only)

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Parking Lots

Parking Lots is taken from Gin, the new album from Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures.

Gin is available now on gin-coloured vinyl with printed inner sleeve containing full lyrics and download code, digipack CD with lyrics booklet and digital download.

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Gin [12"/CD]

Gin, the new album from Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures, is out today! You can get your copy on gin coloured vinyl with full liner notes or as a digipack CD with lyrics booklet from our shop.

“The Wave Pictures’ classy post-punkish bite is a great foil to Brinks’ whimsy on these unhinged, loose-limbed story songs. Sometimes gin makes you win as much as sin.” NME

“typically rich in a variety of sounds and structures; the songs are looser, more playful and all the more endearing because of it” Loud and Quiet

“a joyous and celebratory record which crackles and sparkles with a joie de vivre which is sadly lacking from all too many of Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures’ contemporaries” Folk Radio

“Gin rises above the swiftness of its creation, thanks to these few detours that Brinks and The Wave Pictures take around their usual territory. The fact that the catchiest track from this session – the single ‘Orange Juice’ – is not included just underlines that these guys seem to seamlessly slot together when they hit the studio” Drowned In Sound

“there are lead guitar breaks which are loud and clean, like a messy second-grunge-era approximation of the great early electric guitarists from the ’50s like Les Paul and Jimmy Bryant, real nimble but a bit anarchic too” Norman Records

“Brinks’ adds an earnest and romantic edge as compared to The Wave Pictures’ slightly more irreverent stance, with drunken recollection seeming to inform his storytelling.” Drunken Werewolf

“There is a wonderful naïve feel to the album, more impressionistic than precise. It has an intensity like Gauguin, bright and colourful but still with that all is not right in paradise feel.” Fatea Magazine

“Gin [is] a fitting title for an album brimming with snickered lyrics and tipsy melodies” The Big Takeover

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures - Spinola Bay [Digital]

Here's a free track to download! Recorded at the same time as Gin and Orange Juice, this track is an alternate version of Spinola Bay to the one that appears on Gin; here, Andre takes lead vocals alone. Enjoy!

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures are heading out on tour in March, supported by Freschard. Catch them here: 1 March Ramsgate - Ramsgate Music Hall [Tickets] 2 March Brighton - The Prince Albert [Tickets] 3 March London - The Old Queens Head [Tickets] 4 March Nottingham - The Maze [Tickets] 5 March Cardiff - The Moon Club [Tickets] 6 March Manchester - Chorlton Irish Club [Tickets] 7 March Hull - The Adelphi 8 March Wakefield - The Hop [Tickets] 9 March Newcastle - The Head Of Steam [Tickets] 10 March Edinburgh - Henry’s Cellar Bar 11 March Glasgow - CCA 12 March Belfast - [TBC] 13 March Galway - Roisin Dubh 14 March Cork - Triskel Arts Centre 15 March Dublin - Whelan’s 16 March Bangor - COB 17 March Bristol - Start The Bus