Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
The Stars Of Aviation + The Owls + Pocketbooks + Pete Green
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk rock, 60s psych, northern soul and anything else we damn well like
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
STARS OF AVIATION
Stars of Aviation met in late 1998 in their first university Russian lesson. A year later, they started playing music together the following year, and recorded their first demo in 2000, which was played by John Peel on Radio One. They released the Greatest Disappointment EP on their own label in 2001 and their next record, Snow on Snow EP in 2003, on the wonderful lo-fi label Kitchen Records. Recorded in an oak-panelled library, the record was praised by in publications in the UK, US and Europe.
Since 2003, Stars of Aviation have grown in number to seven and settled in Brighton and London. They have spent their time listening to Serge Gainsbourg and Jacques Brel, and performing with some of their favourite bands – including Herman Dune, Blanket, The Clientele and Sodastream, as well two appearances at the Truck Festival. Their latest single 'Marie et l'accordéon', a cheery, French, bossa nova softpop track with boy-girl harmonies, la-la-la-ing, trumpet and bassoon parts and an accordion solo was recorded with Brian O'Shaughnessy (Primal Scream, Clientele, The Firm) and released in August 2006.
"a sweeping success, conjuring up notions of Galaxie 500 sucking on The Pastels, or The Clientele riding Telstar Ponies into the sunset" (Tangents)
When Brian Tighe (The Hang Ups) helped record a handful of his amore Allison LaBonne’s (The Legendary Jim Ruiz Group) songs, she called the cassette of newborn ditties “The Owls.” An imposing name for such a rabbity collection; but, so far as she knew, it was a free country. The Owls felt lonely with only two, and decided to lure Stephen Ittner (later to be replaced by John Jerry of The Ashtray Hearts) and Maria May into the fold. Both were talented songwriters and multi-instrumentalists, whose solo material with its simple beauty and emotional richness epitomized a sensibility Tighe and LaBonne wished the Owls to capture.
In band practice, the music and lyrical perspectives of their songs played off one another with remarkable ease, and the foursome busied itself with looming their individual yarns into a whole. When they finished the recording of May’s “Air,” they sent it to college station Radio K, who to their delight put the song quickly into heavy rotation months before their CD on Magic Marker Records was officially released. Intimate yet powerful, their first release “Our Hopes and Dreams” garnered enthusiastic critical praise, drawing comparisons to the likes of the Velvet Underground, the Mamas and Papas, and Belle and Sebastian. ‘Our Hopes’ received widespread radio play and landed The Owls on multiple Year-End-Best lists.
This performance will be Allison and Brian only.
"The Owls' debut is a charming, easy-going indie pop record that will have you reaching for comparisons to such indie pop greats as Heavenly, Small Factory and Belle & Sebastian..." (All Music Guide)
Pocketbooks are an indiepop band from London, with a fondness for handclaps, harmonies and jangly guitars. The band appear on the new How Does It Feel To Be Loved? compilation and played their first gig in July 2006. Think Camera Obscura, The Pastels, Belle and Sebastian, The Sundays and Tindersticks. They have just released their debut single on Atomic Beat records.
The one-man indiepop troubadour. The lyrics of Half Man Half Biscuit played with acoustic-pop joy. Expect songs about Grimsby Town, the travails of being in an indie band, and other general life-affirming stuff. His new single is out now on Atomic Beat records. And no, he hasn’t got a MySpace.