Fortuna POP! presents
A special one-off London show from the legendary
Brooklyn-based pop collective
THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR
with support from
MY SAD CAPTAINS
AMOR DE DIAS
featuring Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) and Alasdair Maclean (The Clientele)
Monday 28th April 7pm
Advance: £10 from We Got Tickets
America’s finest purveyors of lush, formalist pop music, The Ladybug Transistor formed in Brooklyn, NY during the mid-1990s, where they soon came to the attention of Merge Records. Since then they have release six perfectly formed albums, including the classic trilogy of The Albemarle Sound (1999), Argyle Heir (2001), and The Ladybug Transistor (2003), and developed and honed their trademark sound - a distillation of classic pop, characterized by a precise melodicism that is anchored by the restrained baritone of Olson. Recently the band also contributed to Soft Machine legend Kevin Ayers’ critically acclaimed album Unfairground. Their own new album Can’t Wait Another Day (released on Fortuna POP! in Europe) continues the Ladybug Transistor’s gradual shift away from their somewhat psychedelic beginnings towards a more open, timeless sound and features contributions from members of The Aislers Set, Architecture in Helsinki, The Clientele, Jens Lekman and Kevin Barker (Currituck Co., Vetiver). Much like the band themselves, it is, in every sense, classic.
“The finest baritone warble in indie rock, unfailingly catchy pop tunes and perfectly pitched melancholy ballads… the Ladybug Transistor's best work equals the best pop music made at any time in the past 50 years.” (Can’t Wait Another Day review, All Music Guide)
MY SAD CAPTAINS
London-based quintet My Sad Captains take the country-tinged American sounds of Sparklehorse and Wilco and lend them a sparkling, harmony-rich pop edge, touched with occasional fiery noise outbursts. Named after a poem by Thom Gunn, My Sad Captains were picked by The Fly magazine as ones to watch without releasing a note and their debut single “Bad Decisions” on Fortuna POP! garnered acclaim from Uncut, the NME and Drowned In Sound; radio support from Steve Lamacq, Huw Stephens and Gideon Coe; and its lilo-tastic video featured on MTV2. Already live favourites on the London gig circuit they’ve sung their hearts out across town with the likes of Tilly and the Wall, Loney Dear, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, Rumblestrips and The Broken Family Band and stolen the show at this years End of the Road festival. A new single “All Hat And No Plans” will be released on the esteemed White Heat label in March.
“Sparkling indie pop in the vein of Pavement, the Lemonheads or Broken Social Scene, and the kind of music it’s possible to fall deeply in love to with people across the room whose gaze you momentarily caught but will never meet.” (RockFeedback)
AMOR DE DIAS featuring Lupe Núñez-Fernández (Pipas) and Alasdair Maclean (The Clientele)
A new pop superduo featuring Lupe from Pipas and Alasdair from The Clientele promising both spanish guitar versions of Clientele songs and new songs from both protagonists. They are currently recording with Ken Brake of Louis Philippe and Denim fame and, despite not so much as a note being heard, wild internet speculation suggests that they sound like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa - a South London Domingo.