Fortuna POP! presents The Beat Hotel
+ My Sad Captains
+ The Fischers
Guest DJ: Alistair Fitchett of Tangents webzine
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk rock, 60s psych, northern soul and more
Friday 26th January 8pm til late
Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper Street, London N1 1RU
Nearest tube : Highbury & Islington
Advance: £4 from
Formed in 1997 in the East Midlands by singer-songwriter Rob Price, Airport Girl’s influences range from the Scottish pop sounds of The Pastels and Belle and Sebastian to the American flavours of The Modern Lovers and Pavement. As well as a number of singles and compilation tracks on various independent labels they have made one album 'Honey, I'm An Artist' in 2001, released on Fortuna POP! in the UK and Matinee in the US, where it topped the Parasol distribution charts. They’ve been played on BBC Radio One by Steve Lamacq and the late great John Peel and by John Kennedy on XFM, had a song used to soundtrack the goals on MOTD2, and made album of the month in Scootering magazine. A new album “Slow Light” is set for release in Jan 2007 and demonstrates a shift towards a more downbeat country pop sound, inspired by The Silver Jews and “16 Lover Lane”-era Go-Betweens.
“ Have Airport Girl yet to release a less than spectacular record? If they have I'm yet to hear it” (Tasty)
MY SAD CAPTAINS
My Sad Captains are a London-based quintet who sound like Pavement getting a pop overhaul. Formed in late 2004, they expand on the standard guitar line-up by adding various other instruments, such as violin, melodica, keyboard, glockenspiel and samples. They produce an american alt-pop sound, touched with country lashes and occasional fiery noise outbursts. They attempt to play interesting melodic songs that hold people's interest. The band have been playing regularly in London and spend their time creating homespun demos. In summer 2005 they recorded six songs with Chris Sheldon (Biffy Clyro, Oceansize, Foo Fighters). They have supported the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Broken Family Band and Rumblestrips. They have also been praised by NME and The Fly, played by Steve Lamacq and featured on Nic Harcourt's KCRW show 'Morning Becomes Eclectic'.
“ Finding their place amongst the melodic low-fi sound of bands such as Grandaddy and Pavement, and blending this with the more outlandish electronic sound of Four Tet and The Postal Service, the Captains bring us an individual sound that seems not to praise angular hair cuts and impotence-inducing tight jeans.” (IndieWorkshop)
Esiotrot are a 7 strong indie pop band from Brighton, meeting at university through a love of art and wearing cardigans. With a penchant for badly tuned guitars, they have often been compared to the Velvet Underground, Hefner, The Pastels and Beat Happening amongst others.
“ Hefner are maybe the most obvious connection, but there are hints of The Pastels, The Orchids, The Visitors, Ballboy, Hidden Cameras… I really do love Esiotrot with a large chunk of my heart.” (Tangents)
The Fischers come from Blackburn, all dark satanic mills, underachieving football and home to tompaulin, The Burn and Maupa, all bands the members of The Fischers have played in. Inspired by The Kinks, Box Tops, The Loving Spoonful, Al Stewart and P F Sloane, their songs are chockfull of harmonies, jangles, feedback, words and choruses that swell. Fans of tompaulin won’t be disappointed.