Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
Soda Fountain Rag + Spencer McGarry Season + Michael Knight + Sweet Baboo
and Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk, 60s psych and northern soul
plus free YesBoyIceCream sampler cds and badges to the first 40 through the door
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
BUSINESSMAN RECORDS (CARDIFF)
AN INTERNATIONAL HEAVYWEIGHT INDIEPOP CONTEST BETWEEN TWO CELTIC INDIE LABEL GIANTS!
IN THE YESBOYICECREAM CORNER, ALL THE WAY FROM NORWAY, THE INDIEPOP PHENOMENON THAT IS SODA FOUNTAIN RAG, AND, FROM DUBLIN, THE ORCHESTRAL POP GENIUS KNOWN AS MICHAEL KNIGHT.
IN THE BUSINESSMAN RECORDS CORNER, FROM CARDIFF, THE SUPERCHARGED CLASSIC POWER-POP OF SPENCER MCGARRY SEASON AND THE TWISTED COUNTRY-INFLECTED BRILLIANCE OF SWEET BABOO.
SODA FOUNTAIN RAG
Soda Fountain Rag is the musical universe of Ragnhild Hogstad Jordahl, a one-woman indiepop phenomenon from Bergen, Norway. In 2007, Soda Fountain Rag announced her arrival with a number of sold-out limited edition cdr EPs for DIY labels such as Cloudberry, Anorak and My Honey. And this year will see the release of her debut album "It's Rag Time!", 14 moreish subversive pop classics on yesboyicecream records. Having already shared stages with Scandinavia's finest indiepop - including Jens Lekman, Suburban Kids with Biblical Names and Pelle Carlberg - 28th March at the Buffalo Bar will be her UK debut show, backed by comrades Anders Kaasen (The April Skies) and Nikolai Nilsen (Princess Niko), showcasing her 21st century yé-yé. Be there or miss musical history...quite probably.
"Norway's greatest POP export" - Skatterbrain
SPENCER MCGARRY SEASON
The Cardiff-based Spencer McGarry Season are currently recording six albums in six distinct styles, ranging from straightforward rock to classical pop and R&B. Leader Spencer McGarry describes their forthcoming album Episode 1 as "straight up three piece rock" and shades of The Jam, The Kinks, Detroit Cobras, Talking Heads and XTC can be heard. They’ve already recorded a session for BBC Radio Wales and in summer 2006 the group were selected to take part in the first year of the BBC's Electric Proms festival.
"New-wave, strutting power popster applying skewed logic to his fantastically bewitching, melodic off-kilter songs." (The, er, British Council)
Having received an avalanche of critical bouquets for their limited release debut Youth is Wasted on the Young, Michael Knight return after a two-year absence with the double CD I'm Not Entirely Clear How I Ended Up Like This, the logical progression in their ongoing musical argument that influences as diverse as Bach and Bacharach can make compelling bedfellows. Imagine a Motown Modest Mussorgsky backing Jens Lekman and, despite the shit directions, you're halfway there. Gigs from Berlin to Dublin with The Essex Green, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and many others have just been mere appetisers for their set at the Buffalo Bar.
"Why Michael Knight aren't already huge is both baffling and beguiling; but sooner or later these songs will be discovered. I may as well say it in advance, then; I told you so". SoundsXP
Sweet Baboo is one man from Cardiff who specialises in singing country songs about girls, drinking, sleeping and killing people. His influences include Daniel Johnston, The Beach Boys, Gorky's, generic country and Tom Waits.
“Blues and country numbers with a quirky, humorous twist” (MusicOMH)