Fortuna POP! presents
The Beat Hotel
The Low Lows + The Left Outsides + Kelman
+ Still Corners
plus Fortuna POP! DJs playing indiepop, punk, 60s psych and northern soul
Advance: £5 from We Got Tickets/Door: £6
THE LOW LOWS
Formed from the ashes of critically acclaimed New York dream pop band Parker and Lily, the remaining members, Parker Noon, Daniel Rickard and Jeremy Wheatley moved to Athens Georgia, and re-grouped to form The Low Lows, releasing their swirling, majestic debut album, Fire On The Bright Sky, in October 2006. Their sophomore disc, Shining Violence, reveals a more feral, leaner balladry, P. L. Noon’s distinctive keening voice residing uneasily somewhere in the high vibrato-less territory between Neil Young and Jim James. His lyrics are stark though never bleak, and recount confessional love stories in a concentrated, reverberative, obliquely tragic prose, as if a Cormac McCarthy novel had been set to music. While the bulk of the album fits with only a modicum of discomfort into the lo-fi indie-americana file-folder, alongside Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, Skygreen Leopards, Sparklehorse, Jason Molina, etc, the blasting drones & buried melodies of "Sparrows" and "Elizabeth Pier" evoke ghosts of the Velvets & Galaxie 500. The Low lows' live shows remain their primary focus, and are raw, loud, electric & visceral.
"Fans of My Morning Jacket and Sparklehorse will weep with joy” (Austin Chronicle)
THE LEFT OUTSIDES
Formed in Camberwell, London in Winter 2003, The Left Outsides are Alison Cotton (vocals, viola) and Mark Nicholas (vocals, guitar). Their debut EP 'Leaving the Frozen Butterflies Behind' was released on the 'I wish I was Unpopular' label in January 2005. Mark is a former member of Of Arrowe Hill, while Alison was previously a member of Saloon and played in (an early version of) British Sea Power, as well as playing viola on releases by bands such as Tompaulin, Comet Gain, Television Personalities, Do Me Bad Things and January. Live they are augmented by Matt Ashton and Mike Smoughton, both ex-Saloon. They have recorded BBC 6music sessions for Tom Robinson and Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone and their debut album “In Colours In Between” will be released via Transistor on May 12th.
"The Left Outsides are the sound of frost on overgrown abandoned train tracks; of sepia tinted photographs and delicious nights in by the fire with an old David Crosby song on the stereo... beautiful hipsters crouching in the shadows of 1960’s loft parties, dreaming of a Pop coloured gentle revolution" (Tangents)
London-based 3 piece influenced by The Velvet Underground, New Order, Tindersticks, Galaxie 500, Smog and The Go-Betweens. Formed from the ashes of the hotly-tipped Baptiste, their debut single, The Happiest Man Alive, was released on their own Liner Records label in Autumn of 2005, followed by a second single, The Heart Is A Useless Ally, and an album Loneliness Has Kept Us Alive in 2006. The band recently contributed their cover of the Go-Between’s “Apology Accepted” to a Grant McLennan tribute album.
“Fine, regret-stained, swimmily gorgeous pop" (Kittenpainting)
Building dreamy noir-pop love songs like Alfred Hitchcock built suspense, Greenwich 4-piece Still Corners create a kaliedoscope world around them, full of wintry melody, swirling organ, and big drums. Inspired by French film and sixties sound production and influenced by a range of artists from Serge Gainsbourg to Ennio Morricone as well as contemporaries the Cocteau Twins, Broadcast, and Camera Obscura, Still Corners continue to delight audiences across London.