Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
+ Don’s Mobile Barbers
+ The Sailplanes
+ Brother Francisco
plus Fortuna POP! DJ playing indie, punk, soul and 60s
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Liverpool’s Ambulance are a mixed bag of noise, pop, theremins, French horns, folk, heavy rock and more. Their debut release was the ‘I am a star, I am an angel’ 12”, which they followed with the ‘Ambulance ep’, containing their cult cover version of So Solid Crew’s ‘21 seconds’. In August 2005, they released ‘Witchi Tai To’ on Sea Records, a cover of Jim Pepper’s jazz version of an old native american peyote chant previously been covered by Harper’s Bizarre, Future Pilot aka, Jan Garbarek, BMX Bandits and many others. Ambulance’s treatment has a touch of Wire’s ‘Outdoor Miner’ to it, and it’s stunningly good. So good so that Playlouder.com awarded it single of the week. They’ve had acclaim from NME, The Guardian, The Big Issue, Is This Music? and Record Collector, and Arthur Baker, Ladytron, Steve Lamacq, Jane Gazzo and Rob Da Bank are all fans. Dom from the band is also a member of the excellent Static Waves.
“I don’t think there is a more exciting band on the planet” (Plan B)
DON’S MOBILE BARBERS
Don’s Mobile Barbers was formed by Mat and Rob in late 2001 in a place called Birstall. They wrote some songs, recorded some albums and played some gigs wherever they could. DMB have been lucky enough to support such bands as The Shins, The Research, The Webb Brothers, Centro-Matic, The Belles, Two Gallants, Brendan Benson, Magoo, Herman Dune, The Silent League, and Death Cab For Cutie (+ others that they can't remember). DMB's set at the 2004 Summer Sundae Weekender caught the attention of Steve Lamacq, who went on to play them on his 6Music show and remark “The drummer plays drums and keyboard at the same time and the singer plays guitar and keyboard, at the same time. They’re great!”. Boom Times! is DMB’s third album in two years, and it continues to mine a rich seam of fuzzily emotional pop in the vein of Grandaddy, Mercury Rev and Flaming Lips with their minimal arrangements creating a sound even more powerfully dynamic than that of many larger bands.
“Beautiful fragments of broken pop” (The Fly)
Having toiled separately in lesser groups for some time, noise guitarist Tim and songwriter Stacey formed The Sailplanes in early 2005 through a mutual interest in bands such as Electrelane, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney. They write songs that aim to strip arty rock to it's basic components. Bass-less and brisk, The Sailplanes are a breath of fresh air.
“Stark and scratchy, paranoid and jerky numbers very much in thrall to early Sonic Youth” (Wears The Trousers)
Brother Francisco formed in late 2005 and feature ex-members of Black Neilson, Vermont and Wintergreen. They're a "guitar trio", and they play rock.
“Guitar heavy with a grungier sound akin to a toned down Dinosaur Jr.” (Maps)
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